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CQC satisfied with improvements made by Dr Rashid Kadhim

1 September 2016
  • Media

The Care Quality Commission has found that has the Avicenna Health Centre in Southwark, south east London, run by Dr Rashid Kadhim, has made urgent improvements which were required by inspectors. As a result the practice has now reopened.

The CQC had taken action to suspend the practice registration after an inspection in May, when inspectors found that patients were at risk of unsafe care. At the time, CQC made it clear that it was a temporary suspension and that inspectors would return in due course to check that it had made improvements.

CQC Inspectors had rated the practice as Inadequate in all areas it rates - for being safe, effective, well-led, caring and responsive. There were concerns about staff training, staff appraisals and infection control practice. The practice was told it must introduce robust processes for reporting, recording, acting on and monitoring significant events and incidents.

It was also told it must take action to address concerns identified with infection control and put in place appropriate systems to enable it to respond to emergencies. It also needed to securely store patient records and review security around blank prescriptions.

However, after a subsequent focused inspection on 9 August the decision was been taken to lift the suspension at the end of the three month suspension period on Tuesday 16 August 2016.

Inspections reports are presently available at

Michele Golden Head of General Practice Inspection – London said:

“People are entitled to services which provide safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care. Our first inspection in May had found that the Avicenna Health Centre had not taken proper steps to ensure patients were protected against the risk of receiving unsafe care.

"Following our latest inspection, we are now satisfied that the practice has made the improvements which we required. We commend the practice for responding so quickly and constructively for the benefit of patients."


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Last updated:
29 May 2017

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About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.