CQC will suspend on-site inspection activity in general practice for the next three weeks with immediate effect – except in cases where there is evidence of risk to life, or the immediate risk of serious harm to people.
Risk-based inspection activity will continue in other sectors, including adult social care. Additional support is available to GPs in order to provide advice on any risks.
This decision has been taken in response to the Omicron variant, with the aim of being as supportive as possible to the increased pressure on the NHS. It updates previous communications on our inspection approach.