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GP practices under ‘special measures’

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Three GP practices have been placed under ‘special measures’ after the Care Quality Commission discovered “significant areas of concern”. The practices, which are in Liverpool, Greater Manchester, and Reading, could all face closure if they do not improve over the next six months. NHS England is working with the individual practices to help them improve and avoid closure.

The inspections were carried out as part of a new regime and identified five practices as ‘inadequate’ and ten as ‘requiring improvement’. Three surgeries were awarded with an ‘outstanding’ rating, and fifty-seven were classed as ‘good’.

The individual surgeries placed under special measures were: Dr Srinivas Dharmana’s surgery in Liverpool, Dr Michael Florin’s surgery in Greater Manchester, and Priory Avenue Surgery in Reading. All three surgeries were rated ‘inadequate’ for being safe, effective, and well-led.

“Patients should expect high quality”

The chief inspector of general practice, Prof Steve Field, described the findings as “disappointing” but said that the surgeries would be offered help at “the earliest opportunity” to improve and avoid closure. He continued: “Patients should be able to expect high quality and consistent care from their GP, which is why I have put the three practices into special measures.

An additional two surgeries have been warned that they will also be placed under special measures if they fail to improve. They are the Richmond Medical Centre in Leeds and the Widdrington Medical Practitioners in Northumberland.

Dr Maureen Baker, the chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Those that have been found to be struggling need support, not criticism.

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