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Private doctor services slated by care watchdog

By Olive Carterton

Private GPs, consultants and independent specialist clinics have come under fire from Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors for the variable quality of care being provided.

Safety is the biggest concern highlighted in a new report from the watchdog which, while identifying some good practice, criticised nearly half of the private consulting doctor services analysed – 32 out of 66 first inspection reports.

Slimming clinics –16 out of 38 first inspection reports analysed –were also failing to provide safe care in accordance with the relevant regulations.

Most providers improved upon re-inspection, but there were concerns across independent primary care services about the safety and efficacy of prescribing.

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