Six medical practices in the central Lancashire area could be placing patients at risk of harm – according to new figures released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The health watchdog has produced an Ofsted-style league table with ratings based on patient experience, care and treatment, ranging from Band 1 as “highest concern” to Band 6 as least concern.
Dr Hara Chakrabarti’s surgery in Deepdale, Preston, Dr Mark Webster’s surgery in Frenchwood, Preston, The Ryan Medical Centre in Bamber Bridge and The Park Medical Practice in Ashton were all ranked as Band 1.
Two others – Dr Asad Hussain’s practice in Ribbleton and Dr DC Patel and Partners in Fulwood – were placed in and Band 2, where “significant concern” is acknowledged.
Specific risks were raised at each of the practices, including too many people with mental health disorders without an agreed care plan, too many patients with diabetes and high cholesterol and concerns patients can’t always see or speak to the GP they prefer.
Peter Higgins, chief executive of the Lancashire and Cumbria Local Medical Committee said the figures were “unhelpful and demoralising”.
He said: “It’s most unfortunate that the CQC have decided to go public with a set of statistics of dubious interest. They are putting figures into the public domain that are not meaningful and don’t necessarily relate to what goes on in the practice.
“We don’t think it’s a fair reflection as some of the services mentioned are voluntary, and they don’t take into account some practices are in areas of deprivation where staff might need help with things like encouraging people to have vaccines and immunisations.”
A partner at The Park Medical Practice said: “This data is not a judgement of the practice, judgement is made at the CQC inspection, which the practice looks forward to.”
Dr Anne Allister, senior partner at the Ryan Medical Centre, said: “We are disappointed by some of these statistics. The figures also show that we are providing good quality care and continue to do so.
“We look forward to our CQC inspection which will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the high quality of our services.”
Nobody from Dr Hara Chakrabarti’s surgery or Dr Asad Hussain’s surgery was available to comment, and Dr Patel and Partner’s surgery and Dr Mark Webster’s surgery declined to comment.
To view the full reports on each surgery, visit: http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/our-intelligent-monitoring-gp-practices