The Breightmet Center for Autism was forced to shut down suddenly after "serious concerns" raised by the CQC

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An INDEPENDENT hospital that cares for people with autism and learning disabilities was suddenly shut down after "serious concerns" were raised.

The Commission on Quality of Assistance (CQC) undertook "urgent action" against the Breightmet Autism Center, including the removal of its registration following an inspection in June and July.

The inspectors identified serious concerns about the physical environment of the center and the supplier's understanding of the health needs of the people.

A complete inspection report has yet to be published and the watchdog is performing a quality review for the center.

A CQC spokesman said: "Inspectors are currently working closely with commissioners and stakeholders who support people in their search for appropriate care.

"The priority of the CQC is always the safety and well-being of the people who use the services and has taken this action to ensure that they are protected and protected from avoidable damage.

"The report of the recent inspection will be published in due course. Any action taken by CQC is open to the appeal of the supplier ".

The center, which is based in Milnthorpe Road, is operated by ASC Healthcare Limited and has been registered to evaluate and provide medical care to persons under the age of 65 who have been detained under the 1983 law since 2013.

It has also provided assistance to people with learning difficulties, mental health conditions, physical disabilities and has been registered for the treatment of diseases, disorders or injuries.

According to his latest CQC inspection report published in August 2018, the center had 18 male and female patients and was rated "good" in all areas.

Site management was temporarily assumed by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, which will work with the staff of ASC Healthcare, confirmed the NHS.

A spokesperson for the NHS said: "This agreement has been put in place, in discussion with the CQC, in order to minimize the interruption for patients there, who have very complex needs and come from different parts of the country.

"NHS England and Improvement, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Mersey Care, CCG commissioners, patient families, CQC and ASC Healthcare are working together to ensure the most appropriate ongoing care for all."

Following the action of the CQC, charitable organizations for the autism and learning disabilities defined the closure as "worrying".

Steph Sherratt, manager of Breaking Barriers, a Bolton-based charity, said: "Any environment that deals with vulnerable people receiving such an observation from the CQC is worrying because children and young people we care about Bolton are going to become adults in Bolton and it's worrying that they don't get the best care.

"As families you trust people to support people. No one wants to hear that their relative may have been sent somewhere where they have not been properly cared for. "

In a joint statement, Bolton CCG e Bolton Council stated: "We have been informed of the CQC's law enforcement action and since the independent hospital is in our district, we are supporting commissioners from other parts of the country to ensure that all patients receive care in safety course.

"Although we do not have Bolton patients placed in this facility, the care and safety of those who are there is a priority for everyone involved."

ASC Healthcare Limited has been contacted for comment.

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