GP Practice closed after failing to meet CQC premises standards

A practice has been closed and patients given just two weeks to find another GP, partly due to a critical CQC report into it premises. NHS England Essex Area Team announced that Clements House Surgery in South Woodham Ferrers will close on Monday 30th September and apologised for the late notice given to patients. An NHS England spokesperson confirmed that a CQC pre-inspection that had raised concerns about the building 'partly' informed the decision to close the surgery.

The closure comes after a public consultation into the future of service delivery there. As part of the consultation, most patients said they were satisfied with services at the current surgery but expressed the wish for a permanent GP to manage their care. Respondents to the consultation also raised concerns about the building. NHS bosses have apologised for giving patients just two weeks to find another GP, but said that all had been informed.

Earlier in 2013, it was reported in Pulse magazine that hundreds of GPs will have to spend more money on improving the quality of their premises in order to avoid closure, as the CQC released figures that showed a fifth were non-compliant with at least one of its standards. 

Source: Pulse Magazine 17/09/13