GP practice taken over by Virgin Care goes from outstanding to inadequate in under two years

Virgin Care’s Sutherland Lodge GP practice has been placed in special measures two years after the company took over. The practice has gone from an official rating of “outstanding” to “inadequate” in less than two years despite increased funding.

The Sutherland Lodge practice in Chelmsford, Essex, was taken over by the private provider in July 2016 after the previous partners handed back their contracts following £400,000 funding cuts to their contract with NHS England.

Prior to Virgin Care taking over, the practice was among the 4% rated outstanding across England. The CQC has now rated Sutherland Lodge inadequate on four of the five key measures – the safe, effective, responsive and well-led categories – and rated it “requires improvement” in the “caring” category.

Full story in iNews, 16 May 2018

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