British abortion clinics to be rated in bid to clamp down on “rogue” clinics

By Dave Andrusko

Nothing but nothing upsets the Abortion Industry more, I would argue, than to be regularly inspected. After all, if (as PPFA, kindred organizations, and their legion of defenders tell us) abortion is safe, safe, safe, how could the abortion clinics themselves not be safe, safe, safe?

They aren’t, of course, which is why abortion chains fight laws to require regular (and unscheduled) inspections like the devil. On the off-chance they are inspected, they want plenty of notice of an impending visit so they can clean up.

Which brings us to what is to an American like me shocking news. The Abortion Industry in Great Britain, led by the powerful Marie Stopes International (MTI), is seemingly impregnable. No matter how much bad news comes up, nothing changes.

Until now.

Granted, it’s only a first step, but the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England, has been given new powers under regulations laid down in Parliament yesterday to identify “rogue” abortion and cosmetic surgery clinics.

Laura Donnelly, Health Editor for the Telegraph explains

Abortion clinics and cosmetic surgery providers will be given ‘scores on the doors’ ratings to name and shame the worst performers for the first time.

New laws mean that private hospitals offering such services will be assessed – and forced to conspicuously display their rating – following a string of scandals.

Health ministers said the regulations, which come into force next month, aim to shine a light on rogue clinics and stamp out a “lottery of poor practice.”

It follows a succession of scandals at abortion clinics and among the cosmetic surgery industry.

NRL News Today has written on many occasions about these scandals which go back years. There is the wholly separate issue of abortionists agreeing to perform illegal sex-selection abortions which the Telegraph documented in a sting operation.

That caused an uproar which changed nothing when Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided it “was not in the public interest” to prosecute two abortionists caught on tape agreeing to abort because the mother did not want a girl.

But Donnelly summarized what investigators discovered in just the last two years at MTI:

[I]nspections of Marie Stopes clinics by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently found 373 botched abortions carried out in two months. The abortion provider had previously been accused of major failings, after 2,600 serious incidents were reported in 2015.

Inspectors found that nurses were failing to explain to women the full consequences of their actions while doctors were “bulk signing” consent forms. The provider–the second largest in the country, carrying out 70,000 abortions a year–was warned after the visits in 2015 that clinics could be closed down unless standards were improved.

Doctors were found to be signing off up to 60 consent forms at a time, with foetal remains dumped in ordinary medical waste bins rather than sealed for cremation.

While several MSI services were suspended, improvements were supposed made and they were allowed to resume.

CQC is now empowered to rate services for both abortion clinics and the cosmetic surgery industry which has also been rocked with scandals. Clinics will now be given a rating of outstanding, good, requires improvement, or inadequate.

“These new powers will help the CQC to shine a light on poor practice in services that for too long have had too many examples of substandard care,” Health minister Philip Dunne said. “This is an important step forward in improving standards across a range of services and empowering patients to choose only those clinics they feel confident in.

“Giving a wider scope and more power to the CQC helps to end the lottery of poor practice in parts of the country and gets us closer to our goal of making the NHS [National Health Service] the safest healthcare system in the world.”

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