SEPTEMBER 2016

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Marie Stopes’ provision of abortion suspended following investigation


The BBC reported on 19th August that Marie Stopes International have suspended abortions carried out under general anaesthetic and to under 18s, following inspections by the Care Quality Commission.@ There were also “specific immediate concerns” about consent and safeguarding and it was announced that terminations had been suspended at its Norwich branch for the time being. According to Simon Cooke, the chief executive of the service, it had agreed to this action “to allow the UK arm to ‘resolve areas of concern in its training and governance procedures’… (it) was working urgently with the CQC and intended to regain full assurance within a few days.” This news was followed up three days later by the BBC who reported the same was to happen to the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast. @