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CQC rate Huddersfield GP inadequate and place it into special measures

12 November 2015
Dr MSN Ahmed & Dr MB Ahmed
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England’s Chief Inspector of General Practice has rated a Huddersfield GP surgery as Inadequate and placed the practice into special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

A specialist team of inspectors rated the service provided by Dr Butt and Partner as ‘Inadequate’ for providing services that were safe, effective, and well-led, and ‘Good’ for providing caring services and responsiveness.

Under CQC’s new programme of inspections, all of England’s GP practices are being inspected and given a rating. Overall, Dr Butt and Partner has been rated as Inadequate and placed in special measures.

The practice was inspected in August 2015 by an inspection team which included a lead CQC inspector supported by a GP and an expert by experience. A full report of this inspection has been published today.

CQC recognised that there had been considerable efforts to make improvements to the service in recent months. The practice is improving but there is still work to do to reach the required standards.

The Care Quality Commission has identified a number of areas where the provider must make improvements, ensuring:

  • Systems and processes are in place to assess, monitor and mitigate risks to patients’ and others health and safety. includingstaff training and risk assessments in areas such as fire safety and infection prevention and control
  • Safe storage and transport of vaccines.
  • Induction processes are in place for new and locum staff
  • Staff receive training and supervision relevant to their role such as, health and safety including fire safety, basic life support, safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and infection prevention and control.
  • Clinical records are adequately maintained and records used for the management of the practice are accurate, up to date and secure.

CQC is working closely with the local Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England to support the practice while it addresses the issues identified by the inspection.

Sue McMillan, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice said:

“It is important that the people who are registered with Dr Butt and Partner can rely on getting the high quality care which everyone is entitled to receive from their GP.;

“I do not believe that the practice is likely to resolve its challenges without external support. This is why we are placing the practice into special measures.

“After a period of six months we will inspect again to check whether sufficient improvements have been made. If we find that the service provided by this practice remains inadequate, we will consider taking steps to cancel its registration with CQC.”

Patients registered with the practices being 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.


For further information please contact CQC Regional Communications Manager David Fryer on 07901 514220.

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Last updated:
29 May 2017

Notes to editors

CQC has published a full report about Dr Butt and Partner.

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 requirement for providers to prominently display their CQC ratings.

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.