GP registration delayed until 2013
GP practices will soon have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The government have recently announced that this registration will take effect by April 2013, rather than April 2012, as originally intended.
It is reported that CQC asked for this delay “to try to improve the process for GPs, to give the Commission more opportunity to embed compliance monitoring in the sectors we already regulate, and to ensure registration is more closely aligned with [existing professional] accreditation schemes”.
RadcliffesLeBrasseur have significant experience in advising on the legal issues relating to registration with CQC. Many of our clients are in the independent healthcare and adult social care sectors. These clients, running private sector hospitals and care homes, have had to be registered with CQC for many years. Where difficulties arise, we also have wide ranging experience of the enforcement powers open to CQC where regulatory issues arise.
This briefing is for guidance purposes only. RadcliffesLeBrasseur accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any action taken or not taken in relation to this note and recommends that appropriate legal advice be taken having regard to a client's own particular circumstances.