DOCTORS' surgeries across Barnsley are to be inspected for the first time.

Almost half of surgeries in Barnsley - 16 in total - will be selected at random for inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

A spokesman for the CQC said the inspections were routine and there had been no concerns or complaints raised about surgeries in Barnsley.

The spokesman added: "As well as inspecting hospitals and care homes, we will also be inspecting GP surgeries and this is the beginning of inspections for GPs all across the country.

"We have only just started inspecting GPs' surgeries - they just weren't inspected before. We do it for hospitals, care homes, mental health trusts, ambulance services and other health organisations, so why should doctors surgeries be any different?"

The inspections are part of a new regime and the surgeries will have to meet the same criteria which is set for hospitals and care homes.

The spokesman added: "We will let people know if they're either good or poor when the reports are published on our website in February."

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