‘Women’s health at risk’: Safety concerns at abortion clinic continue

A report by the UK’s care watchdog has again uncovered safety issues at a branch of one of the country’s largest abortion providers.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an investigation at BPAS’s Merseyside clinic, and gave it an overall rating of “requires improvement”.

It echoes findings from the same clinic in 2017, which revealed numerous deficiencies.


The new report shows that CQC was contacted by the local NHS trust in March 2018 with “concerns regarding the frequency of patients coming to them from BPAS Merseyside”.

The document also includes six 2018 cases of women who “required urgent medical attention due to complications” while having a surgical abortion.

Inspectors also found that staff “did not consistently adhere to the infection prevention and control measures specified by the service”.

A 2017 report found a similar catalogue of safety issues.


Alithea Williams, spokeswoman for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), described the new report as “shocking”.

She said: “Women’s health is being put at risk and, of course, every abortion involves killing an unborn baby.”

“The only real ‘improvement’ would be for this BPAS clinic, and every other abortion clinic to be closed down completely, there are a number of truly shocking safety concerns in this latest report”.


In 2017, the CQC found that more than 350 botched abortions were carried out at Marie Stopes clinics in a period of just eight weeks.

Surgical staff at the abortion giant were criticised for failing to wash their hands between procedures, and other employees were found to be inadequately trained.

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