Care Quality Commission | March 2019 | The state of care in independent doctor and clinic services providing primary medical care
The state of care in independent doctor and clinic services providing primary medical care, presents the CQC’s findings from their analysis of sample reports (85 inspection reports for independent doctor and clinic services and themes from a review of inspection reports for 38 independent slimming clinics) from their inspection programme. This analysis showed that many services were responding to the needs of patients, some however were not meeting regulations and not providing safe and effective care.
The caring key question had the most positive feedback and fewest concerns, whereas most concerns fell under the safe key question. CQC’s main areas of concern related to:
- safe and effective prescribing
- awareness of safeguarding and establishing patients’ identity, particularly for children and their parents or legal guardians
- arrangements for clinical oversight, governance frameworks and quality monitoring and improvement
- recording details and managing patients’ care records
- gaining appropriate consent
- sharing information with a patient’s NHS GP or other health professionals in accordance with guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC)
On re-inspection, providers showed improvement in a number of areas where we had found concerns. Where they did not, CQC have taken the necessary enforcement action (Source: CQC).
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