Risk of ‘poor care’ at six GP services in Hackney

More than one in seven doctors’ surgeries in Hackney are of ‘high concern’, according to a new report.

A survey by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveals that six out of the borough’s 34 GP practices are at either the highest or second highest risk of providing poor care.

The watchdog said the register did not necessarily indicate poor GP surgery performance, but will be used it to target inspections.

Four of the borough’s surgeries – the Stamford Hill Group Practice, in Egerton Road, Stamford Hill; the Allerton Road Medical Centre, in Allerton Road, Stoke Newington; Affia Okereaffia’s surgery in Atherdon Road, Lower Clapton and the Latimer Health Centre, in Homerton Terrace, Homerton were put in Band one - of highest concern to the CQC.

Risks identified include a potential lack of cervical screening, diabetes checks, patient satisfaction, and less reported heart disease than would be expected.

Another practice, the De Beauvoir Surgery, in Hertford Road, De Beauvoir, was rated band two, of the second highest concern.

Nick Mann a GP at the Well Street Surgery, in Shore road, South Hackney, which was given the safest rating, said: “It’s like the CQC are being sent on to put the final nail in the coffin of the GP.

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“It feels like a Government agenda to convince the public the NHS is a failed institution. Why else, at a time of unprecedented strain and financial pressure would you create and sensationalist a league table of notoriously hard to measure outcomes?

“It’s like they are trying our hands behind our back and pushing us off a cliff

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, said: “Ten years ago this map would have been looked very different – the bad doctors have been chased out by and large and good GPs won’t be frightened by these sort of ratings.

“But the CQC is a bit of a blunt instrument and we need local accountability, although with the way the NHS has been changed it’s not always obvious who is responsible.

“What matters to me is Hackney people’s health is improving, not numbers in boxes.”

See the CQC’s full interactive map of surgeries here.