The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently announced that the practice of Dr FAB Williams of Melrose House Surgery in Reading has been placed in 'special measures'.
The CQC had previously implemented a temporary suspension of medical services at the practice due to the current limited availability of medical staff. This suspension has now been lifted.
We know that this news will be of concern to patients at the practice. It is important to note that the CQC report does not itself indicate evidence of direct clinical risk to patients.
Patients can be assured that NHS England and the South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group are supporting Melrose Surgery at this time to address the concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission.
Oversight of GP practices by Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England and the Care Quality Commission is good news for patients. CQC reports demonstrate that the appropriate checks and measures are in place, and that every effort is being made to address any inequalities in healthcare.
The CQC report can be found on their website here: www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-550714720
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Dr FAB Williams & partner is one of 20 practices in the South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group who together care for over 133,000 people in the area.
Dr FAB Williams & partner is a 'single handed' practice, providing personal medical services to over 1,700 people from premises on London Road.
Practices rated 'inadequate' are automatically place in to special measures which entitles the practice to a package of support.
Further information is available on the CQC website at: www.cqc.org.uk/content/update-cqcs-proposals-special-measures-gp-practices