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CQC inspects termination of pregnancy services

23 March 2012

The Secretary of State asked CQC, as the regulatory agency with direct powers to inspect and seize evidence across the NHS and independent sector, to conduct these inspections as a priority.

Where our inspectors discovered pre-signed forms - indicating that providers might be breaking the law - we will share this information with the police and the General Medical Council.

CQC will also be considering what regulatory action we will be taking against these providers. We will be publishing individual reports on all providers inspected shortly and cannot legally identify non-compliant services until this point.