Local GP Surgery closed by the Care Quality Commission

Following on from our article regarding GP surgeries in Essex, we saw the temporary closure of the Grafton Surgery in Long Road, Canvey, after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) obtained a Court order on Monday. The CQC are the independent regulators of all health and social care services in England. Anyone providing these services must be registered with the CQC if they wish to operate in this country. This body takes enforcement action against anyone who provides these services who have failed:

  • To register with them;
  • To meet the standards specified in the Health and Social Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014/any other relevant regulatory statutes.

When breaches of health and care regulations do not constitute a criminal offence the CQC can enforce those standards using their civil powers under the Health and Social Act 2008. In this case the Court order was obtained under Section 30 of the that act which provides an urgent procedure for the CQC when they feel it necessary to cancel providers registration with them. This essential gives the regulatory body powers temporarily shut down anyone breaching their statutory obligations where a failure to do so would lead to a serious risk to a person’s life, health or well-being.

Unfortunately, information surrounding why the CQC took this action are sparse – this most likely being due to the ongoing investigation which is being conducted. Clearly, patients registered with the Grafton Surgery will experience a disruption to the services provided to them.

If you feel that your G.P. practice has failed in their duty of care to you, and as such you have suffered harm, please do not hesitate to contact our clinical negligence team who will be happy to discuss the merits of your claim. Contact Sarah Mitchell or Ben Ho on 01702 443472.

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