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Government’s demand for raids on abortion clinics cost 580 inspections and £1m, says regulator

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2613 (Published 05 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2613
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has hit out against the government claiming it was forced to cancel hundreds of planned inspections of NHS hospitals after health secretary Andrew Lansley ordered it to carry out no notice spot checks on more than 300 abortion clinics in England last month (BMJ 2012; 344:e2313, doi:10.1136/bmj.e2313).

A letter, published under the Freedom of Information Act, from the commission’s chair Dame Jo Williams to Department of Health officials, shows that fulfilling Lansley’s demand for the unannounced inspections has “clearly impacted on planned regulatory activity by the CQC.” …

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