January 11, 2017 (SPUC) — The NHS in Norfolk has announced that it has given its three-year contract for abortion and related services to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), replacing Marie Stopes International (MSI).
The news comes less than a month after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a serious of damning reports into MSI in England. The Norwich centre in Norfolk was forced to suspend all surgical terminations for two months after the initial inspection, and received perhaps the worst report. Inspectors found that “multiple surgical termination products” were being left in an open bin, “infection control audit results were poor”, and “staff were not trained to recognise and respond to a deteriorating patient”.
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The local clinical commissioning groups which awarded the contract to BPAS insist that the timing is a coincidence.
BPAS also criticised
BPAS will take over services in Norfolk on April 5. BPAS was itself criticised by the CQC in 2015 as well as having been exposed by the Daily Telegraph for referring women with late-term pregnancies to a clinic in Spain whose head was recently jailed for carrying out illegal abortions. Ann Furedi, the current CEO of BPAS has vigorously defended doctors who carry out sex-selection abortions and opposes any law limiting a woman's right to an abortion for any reason.
Reprinted with permission from Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.