Narconon - Scientology drug rehab - quack medicine

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William Thackeray

Dear Care Quality Commission,

I write regarding Narconon, a part of the Scientology cult, which provides purported drug and alcohol rehabilitation using quack-medicine 'technology' based on the supposed revelations of L. Ron Hubbard.

These techniques have no reliable evidence to support them; in short, they don't work.

Details of Narconon's UK residential 'rehab' facility are:

http://www.drugrehab.co.uk/
http://www.narconon-news.org/centers/nar...

Narconon Hastings
Caple NeFerne # 2 Albany Rd.
Saint Leonards On sea
East Sussex
TN38OLN

Phone: 011 44142 4420036
Email: [email address]

Please note that Narconon should not be confused with Narcotics Anonymous (sometimes known as 'NarcAnon'), in spite of the misleading similarity in names.

My FOIA query is:

1) Given that Narconon provides residential drug rehab services (or at least, services which purport to be drug rehab), is there a legal requirement for it to be registered with the CQC?

2) Is Narconon registered with the CQC? (I've looked on your online database but they're not there).

3) Have you received any information, enquiries or complaints concerning Narconon? If so, please provide copies of these items as well as copies of your response to the complainant.

4) Has the CQC taken any enforcement action against Narconon? If so, please provide details.

For each of the above queries, I'd like to include information held by the CQC on behalf of its predecessor organisations, where they were involved in the regulation of this sector.

Please send the information to me in electronic format at this email address.

Yours faithfully,

William Thackeray

Information Access, Care Quality Commission

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

 

Dear Mr Thackeray

 

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your e-mail dated 02 August 2012,
which CQC received the same day.

 

Your request for information is as follows:

 

Ref:  request-124044-6da499fa

 

Re:  Narconon Hastings, Saint Leonards on Sea,  East Sussex TN38OLN

Please note that Narconon should not be confused with Narcotics  Anonymous
(sometimes known as 'NarcAnon'), in spite of the  misleading similarity in
names.

My FOIA query is:

    

1) Given that Narconon provides residential drug rehab services (or at
least, services which purport to be drug rehab), is there a legal
requirement for it to be registered with the CQC?

2) Is Narconon registered with the CQC? (I've looked on your online
database but they're not there).

3) Have you received any information, enquiries or complaints oncerning
Narconon? If so, please provide copies of these items as well as copies of
your response to the complainant.

4) Has the CQC taken any enforcement action against Narconon? If so,
please provide details.

    

For each of the above queries, I'd like to include information held by the
CQC on behalf of its predecessor organisations, where they were involved
in the regulation of this sector.

 

This is now being processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information
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William Thackeray

Hi,

Further to my existing FOIA query, I've located a CQC inspection report on Narconon from 2008 (although the facility was not open so no actual inspection was done) which may help you to locate Narconon in your records. The details on the title page of that report are:

CARE HOME ADULTS 18-65

Narconon Adult Drug Free Withdrawal Facility

40 Pevensey Road
St Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex
TN38 0LS

Lead Inspector

Nigel Thompson

Unannounced Inspection
27th February 2008
1:00

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray

Information Access, Care Quality Commission

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3 September 2012

Our Ref: CQC IAT 2012 0738

Dear Mr Thackeray,

 

I write in response to your e-mail dated 2 August 2012 in which you made
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Dear Paul,

Thank you for your assistance with this matter. I appreciate your help.

Yours sincerely,

William Thackeray