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Care Quality Commission

Health written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP practices the Care Quality Commission will be responsible for regulation of from 2012; and what estimate the Care Quality Commission has made of the number of additional registration assessors and compliance inspectors that will be required to deal with any new work.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) estimates that approximately 8,500 general practitioner practices will be required to register with the Commission.

In terms of delivering its regulatory functions, the CQC is an independent body and it is therefore for the CQC to determine the staffing complement it requires in order to carry out its functions efficiently and effectively.

The following information has been provided by the CQC:

The CQC is currently reviewing its core processes with a view to refining its methods, guidance and processes in the light of experience and lessons learned from 1 April 2010 to date. The CQC therefore anticipates that some of the ways in which it regulates in respect of methods and guidance will change following completion of this review. It is not possible to estimate numbers of registration assessors and compliance inspectors that will be needed in the future until completion of this review.

The CQC's priority remains that, where it has evidence of a risk to quality and safety, it will deploy resources to react swiftly and take appropriate action.

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