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CQC warns Weston-super-Mare Free Church Housing Association that is failing to protect the safety and welfare of people

27 February 2012
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27 February 2012

Regulator demands immediate improvement at Abbeygate care home.

The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to Weston-super-Mare Free Church Housing Association that it must make urgent improvements to standards of care or face further action.  

The warning follows an unannounced visit by inspectors to the Abbeygate care home in Weston-super-Mare, on 27 January 2012 to follow up requirements made in a previous review of compliance. 

Inspectors found that the registered provider, Weston-super-Mare Free Church Housing Association, was still failing to protect people who use the service against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines.

  • The care home was not able to assure inspectors that it was giving people the medications that they had been prescribed.
  • The care home was not able to assure inspectors that if another provider took over the care of a person that this provider would be given the correct information about the medications that person had been prescribed.

Ian Biggs, regional director of CQC in the South region said:

"The law says that these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect. Providers have a duty to ensure they are compliant

“This warning sends a clear and public message that Weston-super-Mare Free Church Housing Association needs to address this issue as a matter of urgency or face serious consequences.

“Our inspectors will return to Abbeygate in the near future and if we find that it is not making the required progress we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the people who use the service."


For further information please contact the CQC press office on 0207 448 9401 or out of hours on 07917 232 143.

Notes to editors

CQC will publish further details of the inspectors’ findings in a review of compliance on its website at a later date. You can find previous reports on this provider here.

CQC has issued a warning notice to Weston-super-Mare Free Church Housing Association requiring action to meet

  • Regulation 13 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010: Management of medicines

If these improvements are not made by set deadlines, 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.