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Findings from our programme of comprehensive inspections of GP practices

21 September 2017
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Our report 'The state of care in general practice 2014 to 2017' gives the most detailed analysis yet of the quality and safety of general medical practice in England.

At the end of our first inspection programme of general practices (many had been re-inspected) we found that 4% were rated outstanding, 86% were good, 8% were requires improvement and 2% were inadequate overall.

This is an improvement from the first ratings awarded to general practices, before any re-inspections. Over 80% of the general practices that were first rated as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ improved their rating following their most recent inspection.

Regulation is supporting people to receive better care in general practice by setting clear standards of quality and safety, ensuring providers meet these standards and sharing examples of what is working well. It also encourages extra support for the sector through the General Practice Forward View.

GPs face ongoing pressures around capacity, patient demand and workload. The best practices are driving change and embracing innovation to make sure they are able to deliver even better care into the future.

Last updated:
21 September 2017