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GPC demands CQC chief’s resignation

17 December 2015

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The British Medical Association’s GP committee has passed a motion today calling for the resignation of the chief inspector of general practice, Dr Steve Field.

The motion states that the BMA’s GP committee (GPC) “has no confidence in the CQC’s current chief inspector of general practice”, and “demands his resignation forthwith”.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GPC chair, said: “This motion demonstrates the dismay and anger felt by dedicated hardworking GPs across England” following Field’s “recent unjustified comments”.

Last weekend, Professor Field told the Daily Mail: “I believe that we’ve failed as a profession.

“As a practising GP, I’m quite ashamed that some of my colleagues are providing such poor care… In some practices there is no care; they’re absent. The practices are being run by a series of locums, with no leadership. I was shocked at how uncaring and poor some of the practices have been,” he added.

Nagpaul concluded that: “When the vast majority of practices are managing to maintain high quality care against all odds in the face of falling resources, staff shortages and rising patient demand, the chief inspector should be vocally supporting GP services and not undermining them.”

The CQC has been contacted for comment.

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