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'Rules broken' at 14 abortion clinics

12th July 2012

The Care Quality Commission has found that 14 NHS abortion clinics have broken rules after ministers called for 300 private and NHS clinics to be inspected after concerns were raised that doctors were signing forms before a woman had been seen.


The regulator found that 14 NHS clinics had allowed doctors to pre-sign forms authorising a termination, and irregularities over form signing at other trusts were also discovered.

However, the CQC says that all trusts are now complying with the Abortion Act 1967.

It requires a form (HSA1), certifying that the requirements for a termination have been met, to be signed by two doctors before the procedure takes place.

Evidence of pre-signing HSA1 forms had been identified in January, prompting health secretary Andrew Lansley to ask the CQC to investigate whether the practice was widespread.

The failings at the 14 trusts were exposed from unannounced inspections in March.

The 14 trusts are: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust; Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust; Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust - Musgrove Park Hospital; University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust; University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust; University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust; Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; and Wye Valley NHS Trust.

The CQC said it did not find evidence that any women had received poor care at these locations.


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