Concerns over some GP care in Doncaster

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Two medical practices around Doncaster could be placing patients at risk of harm - according to new figures released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The commission, which is the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, has produced the Ofsted-style league table to allow patients to check the quality of care on offer from GP practices.

The health watchdog has ranked 7,276 practices out of the total 7,661 in England, and revealed 861 practices are showing “highest concern” (Band 1) while a further 336 nationally are in Band 2, where significant concern is also acknowledged.

Both the Doncaster 8-8 Flying Scotsman Health Centre and the Rossington Practice in Grange ane were placed in category 1, the CQC said.

At the 8-8 Health Centre, commissioners flagged up concerns over the number of antibacterial prescritpions offered, while there were also concerns about the ratio of expected to reported coronary heart disease.

Meanwhile, at Rossington, the report said there were concerns over the percentage of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with a record of alcohol consumption.

The report also said there was an elevated risk of patients with atrial fibrallation and that there were also concerns over the number of patients who were happy with the care and concern delivered by their GP.

The only other surgery in the Doncaster area to score lowly was The Tickhill Surgery in St Mary’s Road, Tickhill, which was placed in band two.

Nationally, the health regulator said that too many patients were having to endure “chaotic” and potentially unsafe care, while others struggled to obtain an appointment to see a doctor at all.

Every practice was analysed against 38 indicators including the likelihood of being able to arrange an appointment, the proportion of elderly patients receiving the flu vaccine and support offered to the physically and mentally ill.

Prof Steve Field from the CQC said: “It is important to remember that the data is not a judgement, as it is only when we inspect we can determine if a practice provides safe, high-quality and compassionate care. The data is a further tool that will help us to decide where to inspect and when.

“I do have concerns about access to practices. But we need to do more to encourage people to take better care of themselves and to make better use of pharmacies.

“We’re also sadly finding some very poor practices. These typically are chaotic, have very poor leadership and a lack of learning culture. They also have a poor skill mix, some don’t have any nurses.”