CQCThe Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a further 50 reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices in different parts of the country.

Following recent inspections by specialist teams, 42 of the practices have been rated as “Good”, one has been rated as “Outstanding”, and seven have been rated “Requires Improvement”.

Under the CQC’s new programme of inspections, all of England’s GP practices are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

Professor Nigel Sparrow, the CQC's Senior National GP Advisor, said: “We know that the vast majority of England's GPs are providing a service which is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. If that is what we find on inspection - we give it a rating of Good, and I congratulate the GPs and staff in these practices.

“Patients should be able to expect high quality and consistent care from every GP practice. Where we have required improvement, we will expect the practice to take the necessary steps to address the issue, and we will return at a later date to check that those improvements have been made."

Full reports on all 50 inspections are available at: http://www.cqc.org.uk

At every NHS GP practice the CQC will look at the quality of care for the following six population groups: older people, people with long-term conditions, families, children and young people, working age people (including those recently retired and students), people whose circumstances may make them vulnerable, people experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia).