A shocking new report has revealed ‘failings’ at Britain’s biggest abortion provider. In one case, a Marie Stopes clinic tried to give a vulnerable woman a termination, even though she did not understand what happening to her.
The report revealed that inspectors were forced to step in as the patient, who had learning disabilities, became distressed. It was one of a raft of failing identified at Marie Stopes clinics across Britain.
Watchdogs also said that patients were left at risk of infection and said foetal tissue from a series of abortions was left sitting in open bins at one location.
Worryingly, the clinics, which see some 70,000 women every year, failed to make sure that rules on consent were followed. At Marie Stopes’ Norwich clinic, doctors were bulk singing consent forms. Meanwhile, in Sandwell, inspectors found there was poor handling of a case in which a patient with learning issues did not understand what was happening to her. In Kent, there were poor hygiene practices.
Inspectors also visited the charity HQ, where they found their was poor risk management and not enough monitoring to make sure consent procedures were followed.
The latest report follows the suspension of all terminations needing a general anaesthetic and sedation as well as any abortions for women under 18 after safety issues were brought to light by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Marie Stopes was also told it could not open any new services until concerns were dealth with.
Marie Stopes UK said it was working hard alongside the CQC to address any issues. The charity added that since the inspections, it had made sweeping changes to its processes, including updating policies and training staff. It will move forward, it said, placing the focus firmly on providing safe and compassionate care for the women it treats.