Consultation on GP registration process comes to a close


The Department of Health published a consultation a few months ago on a proposal to change the timing of the registration of GP practices from April 2012 to April 2013. This consultation closed on Wednesday, the 27th July.

In response to this consultation, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have written to all primary medical services / GPs this week, informing them of the latest position.

The aim of the proposed delay was to try and improve the CQC registration process for GPs, to give the CQC more of an opportunity to embed compliance monitoring into the sectors that are already regulated by the Care Quality Commission, and to ensure that the registration process is more closely aligned with existing accreditation schemes. Under these proposals there would be no change to the timing of registration of NHS GP out-of-hours services or NHS walk-in centres.

There were never any plans to change the scope of regulation – all NHS primary care medical services will still have to ultimately ensure that they are registered with the Care Quality Commission.