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Dagenham GP Practice rated Inadequate by CQC

7 January 2019
Halbutt Street Medical Practice
Halbutt Street Medical Practice
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Halbutt Street Medical Practice in Dagenham, has been rated Inadequate overall by the Care Quality Commission and has been placed into special measures.

The practice, in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham, was rated Inadequate for being safe and well-led, it was rated Requires Improvement for being effective, caring and responsive.

Inspectors found that the practice was not consistently following its own policies and procedures. The practice did not have clear systems to manage risk so that safety incidents were less likely to happen.

The practice still scored below the national average in the National GP Patient Survey in relation to satisfaction with both doctors’ and nurses’ consultations. The practice was aware of this and had identified themes in patient feedback and had an action plan in place to address lower scoring areas in the NHS national patient survey. The practice had failed to act effectively on issues with telephone access for patients.

The provider must now:

  • Ensure care and treatment is provided in a safe way to patients.
  • Establish effective systems and processes to ensure good governance in accordance with the fundamental standards of care.

It should now:

  • Improve uptake of childhood immunisations and cervical screening.
  • Improve engagement with patients with diabetes.
  • Consider how to record verbal complaints and actions.
  • Review systems to allow patients with communication needs to access services.

However, CQC did note that staff involved and treated patients with compassion,

kindness, dignity and respect. There was a culture of integrity, openness and transparency and the provider was keen to address concerns found during the inspection.

Professor Ursula Gallagher, Deputy Chief Inspector, Primary Medical Services, said: “I am disappointed with the lack of improvement at Halbutt Street Medical Practice. We are placing it into special measures, which will give people who use the service the reassurance that the care they get should improve. The provider will be kept under review and if needed could be escalated to urgent enforcement action.”

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Last updated:
07 January 2019

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About the Care Quality Commission

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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.