England’s Care Quality Commission has formally warned New Leaf Health Care to make urgent improvements to protect the safety and welfare of patients.

The warning follows a visit of CQC inspectors to New Leaf Health’s Leeds clinic on 3 October 2011.

The visit followed a previous review of the clinic’s compliance to regulations regarding health and social care services.

The regulator found that the provider was still failing to meet the essential standards of quality and safety in relation to the care and welfare of people using the service.

The provider also failed to comply with guidance issued by professional and expert professional bodies, CQC said.

Inspectors found New Leaf could not assure that people who used the service understood the risks associated with the treatment they received, through their records.

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CQC Yorkshire and the Humber regional director Jo Dent said that the law says that these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect.

"Providers should ensure they are compliant. This warning sends a public message that New Leaf needs to address this issue as a matter of urgency," Dent said.

"If we find that the provider is not making the required progress we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to protect the people who use this service."