Abortion clinics set to face Ofsted-style inspections and be rated after a string of scandals

The Sun 2 months ago

ABORTION clinics will face Ofsted-style inspections following a series of scandals.

A health watchdog has been given new powers to clampdown on shoddy care.

Investigators last year uncovered 2,600 examples of poor practice at Marie Stopes International (stock image)

Ministers said private providers will now be rated in a bid to end the “lottery of poor practice”.

Investigators last year uncovered 2,600 examples of poor practice at Marie Stopes International.

A damning report revealed attempts to give a vulnerable woman a termination without her consent and dead foetuses left open bins.

And in 2014, a separate inquiry claimed sex-selective abortions were responsible for the termination of thousands of girls.

Under new regulations, laid down in parliament yesterday, the Care Quality Commission has been given new powers to rate such services.

Health minister Philip Dunne said: “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.

The CQC will also be tasked with assessing cosmetic surgery providers, clinics offering laser eye surgery, drug rehab units and independent ambulance firms

“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.”

Private providers will now be given one of four potential ratings: outstanding, good, requires
improvement or inadequate.

The CQC will also be tasked with assessing cosmetic surgery providers, clinics offering laser eye surgery, drug rehab units and independent ambulance firms.

The changes follow the PIP scandal, which saw 47,000 British women given potentially hazardous breast implants.
However, those offering non-surgical procedures – such as Botox – would not be covered under the new regulations.

Earlier this week Jeremy Hunt said online doctors services will also come under scrutiny.

Sir David Behan, CQC chief executive said: “CQC’s ratings of health and care services are helping people to make informed choices about their care as well as supporting providers to improve – never before has the public had such clear information about the quality and safety of their health and care services.

“The ability to award a rating will bring increased transparency for the public.”

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