The Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced today that the practice of Dr M L Swami & Partners based at Russell Street, Reading has been placed in 'special measures'. Of the 30 practices in the area, three surgeries are now receiving support from Clinical Commissioning Groups in Reading in response to CQC inspections.
We know that news of special measures can be of concern to patients at the affected practice. It is important to note that the CQC report does not itself indicate evidence of direct clinical risk to patients. We encourage any patients who are concerned about the report to contact the practice.
We believe that the 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 made to address inequalities in healthcare.
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Media contacts for South & West Reading CCG:
- Dr M L Swami & Partners provide primary medical services to 6,500 registered patients, over three sites.
- The CQC inspection report relates to the Russell Street site only, where there are 3,300 registered patients.
- The Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups together care for over 242,000 people in the area.
- 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.