Rooms so dirty they had maggots, out of date medicines, patient files left lying around and vaccines not stored correctly.
These were just some of the horror stories uncovered by inspections of GP surgeries.
In some cases, lives could have been put at risk Care Quality Commission health regulators found.
Inspectors visited 1,000 practices across England and found examples of ‘very poor care’.
While many people received an excellent service, a third of surgeries failed to meet at least one of the required standards on good practice and protecting patients.
In ten GP practices including one in Lincoln Road, Peterborough, ‘there were very serious failings that could potentially affect thousands of people’.
Prof Steve Field, the CQC’s chief inspector of general practice, said: ‘You are talking about problems which can damage this generation and the next generation.’
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