We welcome the publication of the report of the Care Quality Commission’s inspection of Marie Stopes International (MSI) which led to their services for younger and more vulnerable women being suspended earlier this year, alongside 2nd trimester surgical services for all women, over safety concerns. During this 8 week period bpas cared for some 2,000 women who were due to be treated by MSI. We saw first-hand the difficulties for women created by the closure of local services, with some forced to travel considerable distances to access care at what was already a stressful time in their lives. We are pleased that this report finally sheds light on why these suspensions were deemed necessary by the CQC.
Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said:
"Good services are built on governance, leadership and expertise based on sound values and delivered by trained, committed staff with the skills and time to care. Society should trust women to make reproductive choices and women should be able to trust us for the service they need. Abortion is an extremely safe and straightforward procedure, but we must understand the consequences for women when services fall short of regulatory standards. We hope this report enables everyone to draw the appropriate lessons and ensure for the sake of women this never happens again.”
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Notes to Editors:
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org