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Dear Care Quality Commission,

I am making a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The Daily Telegraph references results of an investigation carried out by the Care Quality Commission identifying more than 50 abortion providers "not in compliance" with the law from an inspection of over 250 facilities (reference here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9.... I would like to request a copy of the investigation results, or, failing that, the following information:
(a) A summary of the methodology of the investigation (i.e. Did it take a "mystery shopper" format or something more formal? Were inspections pre-arranged or by surprise?)
(b) A summary of the results of each of the 250 inspections--names of clinics may of course be redacted for data protection, but I would like to know, for each clinic, (1) whether they were private or NHS (2) if they were not in compliance with the law, exactly what they were doing to break it (e.g. were they pre-signing forms? Not giving acceptable levels of counselling) (3) for clinics not in compliance, was the problem confined to a single professional or were more workers involved?
(c) Do you ever intend to put the results of the investigation in the public domain?

Yours faithfully,
Zoe Stavri

Information Access, Care Quality Commission

This matter is being dealt with by: Paul Douglas, Telephone No: 0191
2333590

 

Dear Ms Stavri

 

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated
26 March 2012, which the Commission received on 26 March 2012. Your
request for information is as follows: -

 

I am making a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The Daily
Telegraph references results of an investigation carried out by the Care
Quality Commission identifying more than 50 abortion providers "not in
compliance" with the law from an inspection of over 250 facilities.

I would like to request a copy of the investigation results, or, failing
that, the following information:

(a) A summary of the methodology of the investigation (i.e. Did it take a
"mystery shopper" format or something more formal? Were inspections
pre-arranged or by surprise?)

(b) A summary of the results of each of the 250 inspections--names of
clinics may of course be redacted for data protection, but I would like to
know, for each clinic, (1) whether they were private or NHS (2) if they
were not in compliance with the law, exactly what they were doing to break
it (e.g. were they pre-signing forms?

Not giving acceptable levels of counselling) (3) for clinics not in
compliance, was the problem confined to a single professional or were more
workers involved?

(c) Do you ever intend to put the results of the investigation in the
public domain?

 

Your request is now being processed in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Your response should be sent to you within the
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You can therefore expect a response by close of business 25 April 2012
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Care Quality Commission
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Our Ref: Information Request CQC IAT 2012 0322

 

Dear Ms Stavri,

 

I am writing in response to your e-mail dated 26 March 2012 in which you
made a request for information in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

A copy of our response to your request is included within the attached zip
file titled "CQC IAT 2012 0322".

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards,

 

Paul Douglas
Information Access Officer
Legal Services & Information Rights
Care Quality Commission 
Citygate
Gallowgate
Newcastle upon Tyne 
NE1 4PA

Tel: 0191 233 3590
Fax: 01484 772 992
E-mail: [1][CQC request email]
 

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