- Borders of Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst CQC rated GP surgeries
- Almost a third of surgeries in South Reading require improvement or rated inadequate
- South East England an enclave for GP surgeries rated outstanding
East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.
We have reviewed all CQC GP inspection reports published by 1 March this year, to reveal the number of GP surgeries in each CCG area that received a rating of inadequate, requires improvement, good or outstanding.
South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group had the most surgeries rated requires improvement or inadequate, with 32 per cent of these providers receiving a poor rating. Nearby North West Surrey; Slough; Chiltern, Windsor and Ascot; and Maidenhead CCGs, which border each other, also figured in the 10 CCGs with the poorest rated GP surgeries (see table below).
Bu Thava, clinical chair of South Reading CCG, said: “South Reading CCG works with practices which are rated as needing improvement or inadequate to develop and agree an action plan to address the concerns raised in CQC reports. The CCG closely monitors the practices to ensure they are making progress with the action plan and delivering improvements for patients, ahead of re-inspection by the CQC.”
Two CCGs on the Kent coast also featured in this list, with Swale coming in second worst with 31 per cent of surgeries receiving a low CQC rating.
In contrast, the south west of England is performing well for the quality of GP surgeries (see second table). North, East, West Devon CCG and neighbouring South Devon and Torby, as well as Kernow, all feature in the top 10 areas with the most surgeries rated outstanding.
Ashford in Kent had 29 per cent of its surgeries rated outstanding but the CQC had only published ratings for seven out of its 16 GP practices by the start of March.
Overall, HSJ analysed 6,476 GP ratings across England out of a total of 7,705 inspected by the CQC, which accounts for 84 per cent of all surgeries. The regulator is yet to publish the remainder of its GP inspection reports. It is the first time GP practices have been comprehensively inspected and rated.
Top 10 CCGs in the South with the highest percentage of GP surgeries rated requires improvement or inadequate
|CCG||% of GP surgeries rated inadequate or requires improvement|
|North West Surrey||29.4|
|Fareham and Gosport||21.1|
|Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead||18.8|
|South Kent Coast||18.5|
Top 10 CCGs in the South with the highest percentage of GP surgeries rated outstanding
|CCG||% of GP surgeries rated outstanding|
|North, East, West Devon||14.8|
|South Devon and Torbay||13.9|
|Guildford and Waverley||13.6|
|Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford||11.1|
- Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- East of England
- GP practice management
- NHS Ashford CCG
- NHS Chiltern CCG
- NHS East Surrey CCG
- NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG
- NHS Fareham and Gosport CCG
- NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG
- NHS Kernow CCG
- NHS North Hampshire CCG
- NHS North West Surrey CCG
- NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG
- NHS Slough CCG
- NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG
- NHS South Gloucestershire CCG
- NHS South Kent Coast CCG
- NHS South Reading CCG
- NHS Surrey Heath CCG
- NHS Swale CCG
- NHS Wiltshire CCG
- NHS Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG
- Primary care
- South Central
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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South