CQC substance misuse services briefing report
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a briefing on substance misuse, which summarises the concerns it identified following the inspection of 68 residential detox services. Many of the clinics were not:
- assessing the risks to the safety of people prior to their admission
- following recognised national clinical guidance on treating people who are withdrawing from alcohol or drugs
- storing, dispensing and handling medicines appropriately
- carrying out full employment checks or sufficiently training their staff.
Approximately 75% of providers failed in at least one of the CQC fundamental standards of care, and almost 66% of providers were not meeting the requirement for providing safe care and treatment.
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