Medical cannabis clinic responds following “disappointing” CQC inspection

Medical cannabis clinic responds following “disappointing” CQC inspection
Cannabis Health News

Bosses at one of the UK’s leading medical cannabis clinics have committed to making changes, following a “disappointing” CQC rating this week.  Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March this year, The Medical Cannabis Clinics (TMCC) has been rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ by the body. The clinic, which currently prescribes cannabis to thousands of patients across the UK, was rated as ‘Good’ at its last inspection in 2021. In a report published on Wednesday 8 June, the CQC outlined a number of areas where inspectors deemed legal requirements were not being met in relation to patient care. This included instances where patients were being prescribed medicines for longer than 30 days at a time, with no MDT review taken, and some key information missing from consultation notes, such as what the patient was being treated for. In one case the CQC highlighted, there was “no details or rationale as to why prescribing had been initiated” for a patient “with a medical condition which met the exclusion criteria” for being prescribed cannabis medicines. Also reported was that the clinic’s policies around prescribing cannabis medicines did not cover “important operational aspects”, as well as a “lack of transparency” with patients regarding “pharmacy choice”. The CQC rated the leadership of services as “inadequate“, believing that there were not “effective processes in place to assess the competencies of staff” in order to plan “appropriate training and development.” However, since the inspection took place, TMCC says it has welcomed a number of new team members in an effort to “bolster” its leadership team, including new medical director, Dr Luisa Searle. In a statement to Cannabis Health, bosses said they were “disappointed” with the latest findings and committed to dedicating the team’s time and resources to “strengthen” services in line with the…

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