Blackpool GPs amongst the best

Blackpool is amongst the top areas in England for the quality of GP services as rated by inspectors.

The latest report out today from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows that nationally GP practices are “delivering improvement and innovation, despite facing “very real” pressures” with 90 per cent of practices rated as good or higher.

However, Blackpool tops that, with 95 per cent of local GP practices rated as good or higher, with 14 per cent rated as outstanding, putting the town in the top 40 per cent of Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) areas.

The CQC carries out inspections of services across the country, rating them from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ dependent upon the findings.

Inspections of all GPs started early last year with inspectors visiting the practices and assessing the quality of care based on information gathered from the practice and interviews with staff and patients.

Dr Amanda Doyle, a Blackpool GP and Chief Clinical Officer at NHS Blackpool CCG, said: “We’re really proud of the quality of local GP services, we’ve worked hard over the last few years to make sure local people have access to high quality care.

“People are very quick to criticise GPs and the service they provide, but given the stress they and the wider NHS is under, people should be reassured and encouraged by these results.

“We work closely with practices across the town to keep on developing the care they provide so we take these ratings very seriously and if there is ever room for improvement highlighted by the inspectors we make sure those improvements are made.”