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Drugs rehab centre set to close

03 September, 2021 — By Sascha Lavin

A DRUG rehabilitation centre in Finsbury Park will shut down after being put in special measures earlier this year.

The closure of the Haven, in Holly Park, which is run by the Christian charity West London Mission, comes after it was rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in February.

The investigation found instances of patients being given incorrect medication and service-users with complex needs not being given care plans.

According to a CQC report, no action was taken to protect others in the future after a client was attacked by another service-user.

Five whistleblowers who contacted the CQC about the “blame culture” at the centre, felt that they could not raise concerns with their manager.

Staffing issues at the Haven are seen to be part of the problem – there were no permanent staff looking after clients at the time of the CQC probe.

CEO of the West London Mission, Roger Clark, said: “It is with great sadness that the West London Mission has to close the current service at the Haven.”

He added: “The West London Mission has worked closely with the CQC over the last two years to try and improve all aspects of the service. However, the service was unable to respond to the extensive regulatory requirements needed.”

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