Five GP surgeries in Sheffield have been ranked as posing the highest risk of offering poor care to patients by the health watchdog.
The Care Quality Commission has given almost every GP surgery in England a rating from one to six - with six being of the least concern, and one being the highest.
The watchdog says the register does not necessarily indicate poor GP surgery performance, but it will use the information to target its inspections.
In Sheffield, Greenhill Health Centre, Bents Green Surgery, Manor Top Medical Centre, Far Lane Medical Centre in Wadsley, and The Medical Centre on Ingfield Avenue, Tinsley, have all been ranked in the highest risk band.
Dr Dilip Chatterjee’s practice in Shiregreen, the Park Health Centre and Woodhouse Health Centre, were placed in the second-highest band.
However, the majority of Sheffield surgeries were rated as being of least concern.
The CQC’s chief inspector of general practice, Prof Steve Field, 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.”
The health watchdog ranked 7,276 practices out of the total 7,661 in England, and placed 864 practices in the ‘highest concern’ category.
In about three per cent of high-concern practices, patients stated they had difficulties in getting an appointment to see a GP or nurse.
The regulator used 38 different indicators to calculate the level of risk.
Measures including patient experience, care and treatment were taken into account, based on ‘sources including surveys and official statistics’, the CQC said.
Visit http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/our-intelligent-monitoring-gp-practices to see the full report.
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