The CQC and “Intelligent Monitoring”

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has for the first time published information on every GP surgery in England. The “intelligent monitoring” of general practices is sourced from various places including surveys and official statistics.

The “intelligent monitoring” will be used by the CQC to help decide how to prioritise inspections. The analysis suggests that eight out of ten surgeries are of low concern.

The data is a tool to be used in deciding where to inspect a GP practice and when. It is further hoped to add an element of transparency on how decisions are made as to which surgery is inspected.

The CQC have said that the indicators do not amount to a “judgment”. However, many GPs have criticised the move to put the information in to the public domain claiming that this creates more sticks to beat them with despite not having gone through an inspection at the time.

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