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British Care Quality Commission outlines “litany of failings” at England’s largest abortion provider

by | Dec 22, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

When last we reported on Marie Stopes International, which performs about 70% of all abortions performed across England, the “charity” had suspended a number of abortion services because of safety concerns discovered by a surprise inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

The concerns “included badly trained staff, poor infection control checks and medics failing to get the correct consent,” according to Laura Donnelly, Health Editor for the Telegraph.

Inspectors visited 12 of the MSI’s sites in England between April and August. They found that 2,634 “incidents” had been recorded at Marie Stopes International (MSI) locations between 2015 and 2016 –an increase of 704 from the previous year. But MSI provided “limited” explanation as to why this had happened.

As a result, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which is a kind of health watchdog,

• Suspended termination of pregnancy provision for under-18s and vulnerable groups of women.

• Suspended terminations under general anaesthetic or conscious sedation.

• Suspended all surgical terminations at its Norwich centre

Until the concerns were dealt with, MSI was also barred from opening any new services,

However, Donnelly reported, “The MSI group was allowed to recommence restricted services in October, after carrying out training in resuscitation, consent and governance.”

Flash forward to Tuesday’s “damning report.”

Donnelly writes, “Last night the regulator issued 12 reports, detailing a litany of failings at clinics run by Britain’s largest abortion provider.”

Staff at Britain’s biggest abortion provider tried to give a vulnerable woman a termination even though she did not understand what was going on, a damning report has found.

Inspectors were forced to intervene as the patient with learning disabilities became distressed, amid a catalogue of failings uncovered at Marie Stopes clinics across the country.

Watchdogs described horrific scenes which left patients at risk of infection, with foetal tissue from a succession of terminations left in open waste bins, in one clinic.

And they said the abortion provider – which sees 70,000 women a year – was failing to ensure rules on consent were followed.

For example, two physicians are supposed to approve any abortion in writing. Instead abortionists at an abortion clinic in Norwich (one of sixty MSI runs in the United Kingdom) signed off on batches of up to 60 forms without even meeting the women.

Patients are still at risk of “avoidable harm,” the report concluded.

Professor Edward Baker is deputy chief inspector of hospitals at the CQC. He told reporters that more needs to be done to protect patients.

“Our inspections of Marie Stopes International from earlier this year identified a number of serious concerns,” Baker said. “While we recognise that Marie Stopes International has made progress since our inspections, we will continue to monitor its services very closely.”

Categories: Abortion