CQC take highly unusual step asking magistrates to make a civil order to cancel doctor’s registration under the Health and Social Care Act 2008. 

The Northamptonshire Telegraph reported that an inspection by the Care Quality Commission took place in April at the Earls Barton Medical Centre where Dr Muhmmad Imran Azizullah is the registered manager at both surgeries and therefore responsible for ensuring the surgeries’ statutory obligations are met. 

The first inspection took place in April and was published in July.  The CQC found “serious failings at the surgery including a lack of clear systems and processes to keep patients safe, inadequate safeguarding processes, irregularities in recruitment and an absence of effective management that had impacted on the quality of care.” 

Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care Dr Rosie Benneyworth immediately placed the surgery into special measures and ordered urgent improvements ahead of a re-inspection that took place at the end of June and the beginning of this month. 

It has been reported that the CQC have taken the “highly unusual” step of asking magistrates to make a civil order to cancel both Dr Azizullah’s registration and the registration of Earls Barton Medical Centre under section 30(1) of the Health and Social Care Act 2008. 

Such orders are only applied for by the CQC in urgent and serious circumstances and they are one of the highest sanctions that can be imposed on a registered person. Cancellation normally follows considerable efforts to get registered persons to meet the legal requirements, including taking special measures.

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