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Clinic closed by CQC will stay closed

A decision by the Care Quality Commission to close a London substance misuse clinic has been upheld by an independent tribunal at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Islington based AdAstra provides substitute medicines to more than 140 clients who were travelling to the clinic from a 50 mile radius. People who used the clinic are now being offered support to find an alternative service.

CQC had serious concerns regarding the safety, effectiveness and leadership of the private drug treatment service - and proposed to cancel the provider’s registration - effectively forcing it to close. The provider appealed against the decision to a care standards tribunal.