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CQC inspection fears

By Martha Walker

Although the healthcare inspection watchdog says many private doctors and clinics provide safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led services, the regulator also has strong concerns – highlighted in Independent Practitioner Today’s story last month.

We reported on the watchdog’s report last month

Prof Ursula Gallagher, lead inspector for independent doctors and deputy chief inspector of primary medical services at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says ‘a number were not meeting the necessary regulations and not delivering safe and effective care’.

Findings of the body’s 18-month inspection programme of independent doctors and clinics in England were based on 85 reports from a cross-section of 20% of independent services inspected. They included private GPs, slimming clinics, travel clinics and doctors providing circumcision services.

Most concerns fell under the question: Are services safe? The CQC’s main areas of concern related to:

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