Halt to routine CQC inspections 'sensible' to allow GPs to concentrate on patient care during Covid-10 pandemic

Publication date: 16 March 2020

The RCGP has responded to the news that routine CQC inspections of general practices will be suspended with immediate effect during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Covid-19 is set to test the NHS for weeks and months to come and GPs and our teams will increasingly be at the forefront of tackling it, but we are already a profession under pressure and we will need to start doing some things differently.

"We need to think seriously about what tasks to prioritise over others, and what we can stop doing while we focus on patients who have or who are worried about Covid-19 – and it is right that these conversations start with our more administrative and bureaucratic duties.

"The College has been calling for a suspension of routine CQC inspections of general practice as preparing for these can be a huge amount of work for GPs and our teams and we are pleased that the CQC has taken heed of this.

"This is a sensible place to start in freeing up time and capacity in general practice to deliver patient care."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7494/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 53,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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