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Dr Sharif Hossain’s practice has its registration cancelled

9 November 2017
Dr Sharif Hossain
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A south east London GP practice has had its registration cancelled by the Care Quality Commission.

Dr Sharif Hossain’s practice in Southwark was rated Inadequate overall. It was rated Inadequate for being safe effective and well-led. It was rated Requires Improvement for being caring and responsive after the inspection in August 2017.

This most recent inspection was undertaken within six months of the publication of the last inspection report as the practice was rated as inadequate and placed in special measures.

The concerns identified on the day of the most recent inspection included:

There was no effective system in place for the dissemination of patient safety alerts and no evidence that all alerts were reviewed and acted upon.

There was no effective system in place for recording and storing controlled medicines.

There was no effective system in place for ensuring that pathology results were reviewed actioned and archived into patient records.

There was no effective system in place to monitor patients who were referred for urgent assessment and diagnosis.

There was no effective system in place for recalling patients with long term conditions who required regular reviews or for those who required periodic reviews of their medication including those on high risk medicines.

The practice did not keep an accurate, complete and contemporaneous account or record of the care provided for all patients.

There was a failure to assess and take action in response to various risks including those related to fire safety.

CQC made a successful application to Camberwell Magistrate’s Court on 10 August 2017 to urgently cancel the provider’s registration under section 30 of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 on the basis that there were several breaches of regulations which presented serious risks to people's life, health or well-being. The provider was referred to the appropriate professional organisations and a caretaker organisation took over the management of the practice.

Professor Ursula Gallagher, CQC Deputy Chief Inspector of GP Practices, said:

“There was a real threat to the health of Dr Sharif Hossain’s patients which left CQC with no choice than to seek to cancel his registration."

“All patients have the right to quality care which was simply not being provided in this case."

“Whilst the CQC will work with providers who demonstrate the potential to improve patient safety is our priority and we will also use the full force of our regulatory powers when necessary.”

You can read the report in full on our website.


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Last updated:
08 November 2017

Notes to editors

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 and out-of-hours service, 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). 

Providers are required to display their ratings on their premises and on their websites so that the public can see their rating quickly and easily.

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.