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Many Cumbrian GP Surgeries Are Not Fit For Purpose

A health regulator has found that more than a third of GP surgeries in Cumbria and the North West do not meet government standards.

Figures released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have revealed that 44 per cent of GP surgeries in the North West do not meet government standards for the delivery of care.

The CQC asked all GPs to register whether their practice complies with regulatory criteria in sixteen areas. The results revealed major problems with GPs’ buildings, with many doctors operating from premises that are not fit for purpose. The North West had the highest percentage of non compliant surgeries in the UK.

Andrew Darke, managing director of property at Assura Group, said: “We are not surprised that so many surgeries are still non-compliant, many GPs are practicing out of premises that were never destined for medical use.  And where the property is listed or in a heavily built up area, it’s almost impossible to adapt or refurbish the building to meet the criteria set by the CQC. The real concern is that non-compliant GP surgeries run the risk of closure and, if practices do start to close, there will be an enormous burden placed on GPs in the vicinity who will be forced to take on additional patients. CQC is an ongoing requirement and practices must not be complacent.”