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Concerns raised over CQC inspection powers

1st October 2012

A Bedfordshire GP has questioned the right of the Care Quality Commission to look at GP patient records without getting patients' consent.

Dr Mary Hawking said: "We don’t know what the CQC is looking for. If they are looking for evidence that treatment options have been discussed, they are not going to find it." In response, the CQC said it would only ask GPs for patient records "when it is necessary for the function of our regulatory powers. We will assume that the subject of such information wishes to retain their anonymity. We will not always obtain the consent of the subject of that information if doing so would prejudice our work. It is however a criminal offence for anybody to disclose confidential information that we have obtained." 

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