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GP practices forced to close by CQC

3 April 2013

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Two GP practices have been forced to close after being denied registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), it has been revealed. 

Five other practices are facing closure, but will still have time to challenge the CQC’s proposal not to accept their registration. 

One GP practice which had been “proposed to refuse” reapplied after making changes to its legal entity, and will be allowed to continue to practice.  

A list of all registered GP providers will be available on the CQC website from tomorrow (4 April 2013). 

According to CQC head of registration Adrian Hughes, this will mean increased safety for patients. 

He said: ““CQC’s purpose is to ensure people receive health and social care services that are safe and of high quality. This means patients will be able to check if their practice is providing good quality safe services.”

Just over 99% of the 7,607 providers that applied have been registered in time for the April deadline. 

The CQC have said GP registration is the “final phase” of the programme to register a range of health and social care services.