Investigations carried out in more than 1,000 GP practices have revealed a number of failings, including the presence of maggots in one surgery room.
Researchers at Care Quality Commission (CQC) discovered that the level of patient care provided by nine practices had 'serious failings that could potentially affect thousands of people' while follow-up investigations have been ordered in 90 practices in order to make sure that improvements are quickly made.
The inspectors also discovered the presence of maggots, cobwebs and dust at a Dale Surgery in Sneinton, in Nottinghamshire.
"We can talk about the fact we found maggots in a treatment room. And when we asked the question - and this is a good practice - the nurse said yes we do seem to have a bit of a problem. But they sorted it straight away. We need to make sure that everyone, from the most well-off to the most disadvantaged, can get access to really good primary medical care. This is something which I intend to champion as chief inspector. When something goes wrong in general practice, it has the potential to affect thousands of local people", Professor Steve Field, the CQC's new chief inspector of general practice, said.