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CQC warns The Stapleford Private Clinic Limited that it is failing to protect the safety and welfare of people
9 November 2011
The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to The Stapleford Private Clinic Limited that it must make urgent improvements to standards of care provided at a private clinic in Belgravia, London.
The warning notice follows an unannounced visit by inspectors to The Stapleford Centre in September.
Inspectors found that the clinic had not taken appropriate steps to ensure that people were protected against the risks of receiving inappropriate or unsafe treatment, failing to ensure the welfare and safety of people using the service.
During the visit, inspectors found evidence that the clinic had prescribed medication for a person not using the service at the request of an individual who was using the service. This meant that no assessment could take place to establish individual needs.
Inspectors also raised concerns that medication was prescribed outside the guidance provided by Drug misuse and drug dependence – UK guidelines on clinical management, 2007 (or the ‘Orange Book’).
Colin Hough, Regional Director of CQC in London said:
"All services must meet essential standards of care and we will take action where services are failing people.
"Our inspectors will return to The Stapleford Centre shortly and if we find that the provider is not making the required progress, we won't hesitate to use our legal powers on behalf of the people who use this service."
For further information please contact the CQC press office on 0207 448 9239 or out of hours on 07917 232143.
Notes to editors
CQC will publish further details of the inspectors’ findings in a review of compliance on its website at a later date.
The warning notice finds that The Stapleford Private Clinic Limited is in breach of Regulation 9 (1)(a)(b)(i)(ii) Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2009 (Outcome 4) Care and welfare of people.
CQC has issued a Warning Notice which requires the provider to take action to meet the regulatory requirements. If this is not achieved CQC has a range of enforcement powers which include restricting the services that a provider can offer or, in the most serious cases, suspending or cancelling a service. CQC can also issue financial penalty notices and cautions or prosecute the provider for failing to meet essential standards. Any regulatory decision that CQC takes is open to challenge by a registered person through a variety of internal and external appeal processes.