The findings detailed in this report are extremely serious ones. Concerns raised by staff at the clinic to CQC inspectors that their pay was linked to whether women proceeded to treatment and that they felt this pressured staff into ensuring women underwent a procedure are deeply worrying, although Marie Stopes says this was not the case at this clinic or any other. The inspection was conducted in May 2016 but only published this month, as providers are given the opportunity to respond to factual inaccuracies before publication.
Ann Furedi, bpas chief executive, said: "It's unthinkable that any organisation committed to choice would measure performance against the decisions women make. Women need to be able to trust that they will be cared for in a way most suited to their individual needs, not the needs of the organisation providing that care. The vast majority of women arrive at centres sure of their decision to proceed with an abortion, but a small number will need more time and support to make the choice that is right for them, including continuing the pregnancy. Since Marie Stopes suspended some of its services last year in response to serious concerns raised by the CQC over its policies and practices, the organisation has made clear its commitment to providing women with a high quality, patient-centred service. We know the CQC, Department of Health and NHS England have and will take whatever steps necessary to ensure this is the case and restore confidence that all abortion services meet the highest standards of care."
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Notes to Editors:
The full CQC report on Marie Stopes International Maidstone Centre can be found here
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.