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comment LegaL LIne ‘CAN WE ASK CQC FOR MORE TIME?’ Nicole Ridgwell of Ridouts answers your legal questions Our service is undergoing many changes after being recommissioned and we haven’t enough hours in the day. We are very short staffed and a CQC inspection is the last thing we need – we haven’t even time to complete the paperwork. Are we legally obliged to comply with the CQC’s timescale? Nicole answers: The short answer is yes! If you are regulated by the Care Quality Commission as a provider of regulated activities, you must comply with the reasonable requests of your regulator. The CQC in return must produce guidance to help providers to comply with the regulations. Regulation 21 of the HSCA 2008 (Regulated Activity) Regulations 2014 (as amended) says that registered persons ‘must have regard’ to this guidance. There is a level of discretion in the regulations, in that the provider is responsible for meeting the regulations and deciding how to do this. It is not CQC’s role to tell providers what they must do to deliver their services. However, there are certain MEDIA SAVVY population. In order to tackle the opioid epidemic, we must first tackle a major contributor – physician overprescribing. BMJ editorial, 19 October Public health crises come in two forms – those resulting from naturally occurring diseases and those that are the by-product of medical care itself. The opioid crisis is the latest self- inflicted wound in public health. In the US alone, there were 240m opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2015, nearly one for every adult in the general 18 | drinkanddrugsnews | November 2017 ‘There is a level of discretion in the regulations.’ fundamental aspects of the regulations which are non- negotiable, and compliance with the request for pre- inspection information is one. A provider which considers itself to have a good relationship with the local CQC inspector might consider asking for a little extra time to produce the requested paperwork, but I would urge caution. Any such request must be phrased very carefully. Inspectors are rating on the five key questions; the fifth of which is ‘well-led’, analysing the leadership and organisational culture of providers. Being able to show how you document your provider activities is key to this. Informing your inspector prior to inspection that you do not have the current capacity to demonstrate compliance is unlikely to be interpreted kindly. While any provider (let alone the short-staffed and under resourced majority) may be tempted to consider I was surprised to read last week that the Czechs are not only the unhealthiest people in the EU but are the unhealthiest people in the world… It turned out t