CQC inspects termination of pregnancy services

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

The CQC has stated that “Where our inspectors discover 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 will be taken against these providers. They will be publishing individual reports on all providers inspected shortly and cannot legally identify non-compliant services until this point.

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