A private hospital that terminated a pregnancy, even though it was not registered for such activity, has paid a £4,000 fine, according to regulators.
The Care Quality Commission issued a fixed penalty notice to Chase Lodge Health Limited, after the procedure was carried out at its Chase Lodge Hospital in Mill Hill, North London, in September 2015.
“Registration protects people because it ensures there are safety checks in place”
It is an offence under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to carry out a regulated activity without being registered with the CQC – in this case the termination of a pregnancy.
Chase Lodge Health Limited has paid the fixed penalty notice in full, according to the CQC.
A spokeswoman for Chase Lodge Hospital said the organisation would not be commenting on the fixed penalty.
Chase Lodge Hospital describes itself as the “first of its kind”, being a hospital that is run by GPs.
According to its website, it combines “patient and family-centred” general practice with “easy and convenient access” to specialist investigations, consultant outpatient clinics and a “wide range” of complementary and aesthetic services.
It also has an onsite dental service and pharmacy as well, in order to “offer high quality holistic care under one roof”.
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Professor Edward Baker, deputy chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC, said: “The law requiring private hospitals to register with the Care Quality Commission for each type of activity they undertake is there to protect their patients.
“That ensures that all registered providers are then subject to a system of monitoring and ongoing inspection to make sure that standards are being maintained,” he noted.
“In these circumstances, we will not hesitate to take further action to protect people from providers who ignore the requirements of the law,” said Professor Baker.
He added: “Registration protects people because it ensures there are safety checks in place and a system of inspection to monitor it.”