UK: Abortion clinics will have to display official rating from Care Quality Commission

Abortion clinics will have to display official rating from Care Quality Commission

Alexandra Richards
Jan 3, 2018

Abortion clinics will have to publicly display an official rating from the Care Quality Commission.

The Department of Health is extending the CQC’s current rating system to include a new group of health services.

All healthcare organisations in England offering regulated care will now be rated by the commission and awarded marks which they will have to display on their websites or on their premises.

Continued at source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/abortion-clinics-will-have-to-display-official-rating-from-care-quality-commission-a3730711.html


UK: Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis

Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis
The NHS has been outsourcing the procedure and failing to train specialist staff. Now hundreds of women can’t get an abortion, putting their lives at risk

Tim Friend
Tuesday 24 October 2017

Half a century after abortion was made legal in England, Scotland and Wales, outsourcing of NHS services and a subsequent lack of specialist doctors mean that hundreds of women each year are prevented from having an abortion, sometimes seriously threatening their health, according to leading medics.

“The system is broken. It’s in crisis. Not fit for purpose,” says professor Lesley Regan, the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/24/women-abortion-rights-service-crisis-nhs-no-specialist-doctors


UK: Abortion clinic accused of paying staff bonuses for persuading women to terminate pregnancies

Abortion clinic accused of paying staff bonuses for persuading women to terminate pregnancies

CQC report finds 'cattle market culture' where staff felt pressured to ensure women went ahead with procedures

Rachel Roberts
Oct 21, 2017

A damning report has accused one of the UK’s biggest abortion providers of paying its staff bonuses for encouraging women to go through with a termination.

The allegations concerning the Maidstone branch of the Marie Stopes International clinic emerged in an inspection report by the Care Quality Commission, the official health service watchdog.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/abortions-marie-stopes-clinic-bonuses-persuade-women-investigation-a8012171.html


UK: Abortion clinics set to face Ofsted-style inspections and be rated after a string of scandals

Abortion clinics set to face Ofsted-style inspections and be rated after a string of scandals

Ministers said private providers will now be rated in a bid to end the 'lottery of poor practice'
By Nick McDermott, Health Editor
14th September 2017

A health watchdog has been given new powers to clampdown on shoddy care.

Ministers said private providers will now be rated in a bid to end the “lottery of poor practice”.

Investigators last year uncovered 2,600 examples of poor practice at Marie Stopes International.

Continued at source: The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4461375/abortion-clinics-set-to-face-ofsted-style-inspections-and-be-rated-after-a-string-of-scandals/


UK: The increasingly polarised debate on abortion imperils women

by Sonia Sodha
A woman’s right to choose has been a hard-fought battle and we must ensure proper quality of care

Sunday 22 January 2017, The Guardian

Imagine the outcry. A charity offering a common medical procedure – 70,000 a year, more than in the NHS itself – is found guilty of terribly poor standards of care. You’d expect some calls for the chief executive’s head; others claiming this represents the creeping privatisation of the NHS; and serious questions asked about how NHS commissioners were unaware of the issues.

This did, in fact, happen last year. The charity was Marie Stopes International and the procedure was abortion. The Care Quality Commission found serious problems. Staff responsible for getting consent from pregnant girls under 16 were not trained in recognising signs of child sexual abuse. Doctors left clinics before all patients had been discharged, leaving them with nurses untrained to deal with emergency situations. And inspectors observed a case where doctors failed to ensure a visibly distressed woman with a learning disability understood the procedure she was about to undergo when seeking consent.

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Source, The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/22/abortion-debate-marie-stopes-womens-right-to-safe-healthcare


UK ‘Serious concerns’ over Marie Stopes abortion services

Dec 21, 2016

Inspectors raised "serious concerns" about patient safety at one of England's main abortion providers.

Marie Stopes International temporarily suspended some abortions services in August when the concerns were raised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

In one case, doctors did not ensure a woman with learning difficulties fully understood the procedure, the watchdog found.

MSI said it had made "considerable changes" since the inspections.

The CQC allowed all services to be resumed by the end of October.

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Source: BBC.com


Northern Ireland: Abortion provider Marie Stopes suspends some NI services

The decision to suspend abortions follows concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission

22 August 2016
BBC.com

Marie Stopes International has suspended some abortion services at its Belfast clinic for women under 18 and those who are "vulnerable".

The city clinic currently provides early medical abortions within Northern Ireland's current legal framework.

The law surrounding abortion in Northern Ireland is much more strict than in the rest of the UK.

A woman can have an abortion, but only in very specific circumstances.

The Marie Stopes Clinic in Belfast currently provides non-surgical terminations up to nine weeks.

At the weekend, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) raised concerns about patient safety and Marie Stopes International suspended a number of services in England.

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Source: BBC.com