Recommencement of Specific Abortion Services at MSI Clinics (07.10.16 update)

In a press release published earlier today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it is satisfied that Marie Stopes International (MSI) has responded to the serious patient safety concerns it raised with the provider, following inspections of its clinics, call-centre and corporate headquarters for England.

Since August 2016, CQC has been monitoring MSI closely and reviewing its progress. Having demonstrated to CQC that it has addressed the most serious areas of concern, including staff training in the key areas identified, from today (7 October 2016) MSI has begun to lift the restrictions it placed on its termination services, with the intention to resume full services across its clinics by the end of October 2016.

CQC is continuing to review MSI’s progress and it will not hesitate to take further action to protect patients, if necessary.

CQC aims to publish the full reports from its inspections later this year. Until then, the regulatory process prevents CQC from disclosing further details about its findings.

http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/cqc-satisfied-serious-concerns-responded-marie-stopes-international

Suspension and Redirection of Specific Abortion Services at MSI Clinics (29.08.16 update)

Since our last posting, BSACP has been made aware that other services such as NUPAS were also approached by NHS England to increase capacity to undertake the care of women whose care was moved from Marie Stopes International (MSI) and that further services subsequently have also increased capacity.

As a healthcare professional, if you have any queries as to how the suspension of MSI services will affect your area you should contact your local Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response (EPRR) team.

NHS England has established a confidential helpline service for those with concerns and questions. This number is 0300 123 1041 (9.00am to 8.00pm on weekdays and 9.00am to 5.00pm at weekends). In Ireland the helpline number is 1800 882 677.

Suspension and Redirection of Specific Abortion Services at MSI Clinics

BSACP members will be aware that following recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections, Marie Stopes International (MSI) have suspended surgical abortions under conscious sedation and general anaesthesia, and any method of abortion for 18-year-olds and under and for other vulnerable women (http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/cqc-inspections-uncover-concerns-marie-stopes-international-clinics-so-specific-pregnancy). It is estimated that this will affect 250 women per week but that this figure may well increase.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) was asked by NHS England to increase its capacity to accommodate cancelled services which it has done, so no woman will be deprived of care. BSACP recommends that all service providers be aware that this may create extra demand for abortion services and that open dialogue with commissioners locally may be required.

NHS England has established a confidential helpline service for those with concerns and questions. This number is 0300 123 1041 (9.00am to 8.00pm on weekdays and 9.00am to 5.00pm at weekends). In Ireland the helpline number is 1800 882 677.

Members Invited to Vote in the BSACP Council Elections

The BSACP is seeking to appoint additional Council Members to fill four vacancies as follows:

  • One doctor
  • One nurse/midwife
  • One non-clinical individual
  • One trainee.

Applications for these vacancies have been received and BSACP members are invited to vote for their preferred candidates now. Members have been e-mailed the candidates’ statements in support of their applications and all votes need to be submitted to the BSACP Administrator at admin@bsacp.org.uk by the stated deadline.

***The deadline for receipt of votes has now passed. The election results will be announced shortly.***

Applications Sought for BSACP Council Vacancies

The BSACP is seeking to appoint additional Council Members to fill four vacancies on Council as follows:

  • One doctor
  • One nurse/midwife
  • One non-clinical individual
  • One trainee.

Current BSACP members have been e-mailed details about how to apply for these BSACP Council positions and will need to submit a completed application form to admin@bsacp.org.uk before the closing date of Friday 26 August 2016.

***The deadline for receipt of completed application forms has now passed.***

 

FIAPAC 12th Conference: ‘Improving Women’s Journeys Through Abortion’

FIAPAC (International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates) conferences are international meetings for all health care professionals whose work in reproductive health care focuses on abortion and family planning. FIAPAC’s 12th Conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from 13–15 October 2016.

Scientific programme and registration information at http://fiapac.org/en/registration/20

FIAPAC Membership/Congress Secretariat. E: admin@fiapac.org. W: www.fiapac.org

 

Significant Increase in Abortion Requests in Latin America Related to Concern About Zika Virus Exposure

Fearing the effects of the Zika virus on their unborn children, a new study has found that pregnant women in Latin America increasingly are sourcing abortion pills from ‘Women on Web’, a non-profit organisation that provides medical abortion outside formal healthcare settings via online telemedicine, in countries where safe abortion is not universally available.

The research, published on Wednesday 22 June 2016 as a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the first to measure the response of pregnant women to Zika warnings in countries where abortion is limited or banned.

Reference

Aiken ARA, Gomperts R, Trussell J, et al. Requests for abortion in Latin America related to concern about Zika virus exposure. NEJM, 22 June 2016. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1605389

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1605389#t=article

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