PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has issued two warning notices to the partner of a GP practice in Wirral.

Woodchurch Medical Centre failed to meet all seven of the national standards reviewed during a during a CQC inspection carried out in March under the body’s previous inspection regime.

The CQC issued formal warning notices to partner Manuel Enrique Martin Hierro concerning the practice’s recruitment procedures and how service provision was assessed and monitored. Both areas were deemed to have a “major impact” on patients.

The inspection report said: “Due to gaps in the recruitment and employment of staff there was insufficient evidence that patients were cared for, or supported by, suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.”

The report added the practice “did not have an effective system in place to identify, assess and manage risks to the health, safety and welfare of people who use the service and others.”

Sue McMillan, the CQC’s deputy chief Inspector of primary medical services in the North, said: “We were extremely disappointed to find these shortfalls against national standards and have warned Dr Hierro that immediate improvements must be made.”

She said the CQC would inspect the practice again “in the near future”.

“If we find that Dr Hierro has not made the required improvements we will consider the need for further regulatory action as necessary,” she added.