At Ridouts, we provide legal, operational and strategic advice to providers who are faced with matters that could negatively impact their businesses.

The requirement for GP practices to register with the Care Quality Commission (“CQC”) has added an additional layer of complexity to the task of running a successful practice. Balancing and juggling competing demands whilst maintaining high quality patient care can be tough.

The CQC has extensive powers to inspect practices, request information and take civil and criminal enforcement action should it feel that the care is falling short of the relevant regulations. Such interventions can have a significant knock-on effect for GPs and the surgeries including referrals to, and action taken by the GMC, NHS England and other relevant stakeholders. It can even result in the closure of the surgery itself.

Our work covers a range of matters that may affect your practice, including:

  • Challenging CQC inspection reports and ratings
  • Challenging CQC notices to suspend, cancel or vary registration
  • Challenging warning notices, fixed penalty notices and prosecutions
  • Appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal

At Ridouts we understand the CQC, its powers and how to shape an effective case against action it seeks to take.