A further 5 GP practices are facing closure by the CQC, in addition to two practices which have been denied registration and have now been forced to reassign patients, the regulator has announced.

The five practices that have now been refused registration still have 28 days from date of notice to appeal the CQC’s decision. After that the CQC has a further 28 days to respond before the practices are closed.

Neither the practices which have been closed nor those which are now facing closure have been identified by the CQC.

Some Facts
As of the 1 April 2013, 7563 out of the providers 7,607 of GPs (99.4% ) and other primary medical services were issued with notices of decision confirming the intention to register as of the along with a certificate of registration.  

Following CQC’s announcement in mid-March regarding 114 primary care service providers who had not yet registered, despite the 1 April, they received some 44 applications on or just before 31 March 2013. (As these applications arrived within the required time frame, they are legally protected and can continue to operate.)

However, the regulator is following up a further 43 providers to see if they are eligible for registration.

Editor’s Note: Could one of these practices be near you and are you ready to take on the responsibility of extra patients if the patient list needs to be reassigned?


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