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CQC places London GP practice into Special Measures
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the Falmouth Road Group Practice in Southwark, South London as Inadequate and has placed the surgery into special measures following an inspection in April 2015.
During a recent inspection, CQC found the provider was failing to provide care which was safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive to people’s needs. Placement into special measures means that the practice must now make necessary improvements or face action that could result in closure.
Under CQC’s new programme of inspections, all primary medical services in England are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.
CQC found that the practice was failing to manage medicines correctly, and provided poor access to appointments with long waiting times that could be putting patients with health needs at risk.
Inadequate governance arrangements and a lack of effective processes also meant that essential recruitment checks and mandatory training for staff were not effectively undertaken.
Ursula Gallagher, Deputy Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services, said:
“It is essential that the Falmouth Road Group Practice takes action to address the concerns we identified during the last inspection. The provider has a responsibility to ensure that all patients are safe and have access to care that meets their needs.
“When we are faced with a practice that is failing to care for patients properly, our first instinct is to work with the provider to ensure that the service improves.
“We will re-inspect the surgery within six months to check whether sufficient improvements have been made. If sufficient improvements have not been made and there remains a rating of inadequate for any key question or overall, we will take further action which may include closure.”
For further information please contact Yetunde Akintewe, CQC Regional Engagement Manager, on 07471 020 659. For media enquiries, call the press office on 020 7448 9401 during office hours. Journalists wishing to speak to the press office outside of office hours can find out how to contact the team here. For general enquiries, please call 03000 61 61 61.
- Last updated:
- 29 May 2017
Notes to editors
CQC has published a full report about Falmouth Road Group Practice.
Patients registered with practices which are placed into special measures should be aware that the package of support being offered by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs will ensure that there are no immediate risks to patient safety at these GP practices whilst improvements are being made. This does not mean that these practices will close.
To get to the heart of people’s experiences of care, we always ask the following five questions of services.
- Are they safe?
- Are they effective?
- Are they caring?
- Are they responsive to people’s needs?
- Are they well-led?
For every NHS GP practice we will look at the quality of care for the following six population groups: Older people, People with long-term conditions, Families, children and young people, Working age people (including those recently retired and students),People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable, People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia).
Since 1 April, providers have been required to display their ratings on their premises and on their websites so that the public can see their rating quickly and easily. Further information on the display of CQC ratings.