Women again put at risk in BPAS Merseyside abortion clinic, says Care Quality Commission

One of the UK’s largest abortion clinic is still putting women at risk two years after it was condemned by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for a litany of health concerns, a report has revealed.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) abortion clinic in Merseyside has been given the worst rating that any private abortion clinic since the new CQC rating system was introduced.

When the CQC rates abortion clinics, they ask if they are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led. BPAS Merseyside was rated as “requires improvement” on both safety and leadership. It is the only clinic to be given such a rating since the system was introduced in September 2017.

The CQC were contacted by the local NHS trust who “raised concerns regarding the frequency of patients coming to them from BPAS Merseyside”.

Inspectors found six cases of women who “required urgent medical attention due to complications and were transferred from the service to another healthcare provider between January and December 2018.” Five of these cases were reported as serious incidents requiring further investigation.

Their report revealed “the service did not consistently follow best practice when prescribing, giving, recording and storing medicines. We found out of date medicines in the clinic rooms and on the emergency drugs trolley and the controlled drug register was not always accurately completed.”

It found that BPAS Merseyside “staff did not consistently adhere to the infection prevention and control measures specified by the service” including not washing hands, not securing clinical waste, and using out of date equipment.

In addition, risk assessments were not fully completed and the clinic did not always provide reasonable support after notifiable safety incident, in line with the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

This is not the first time that the Care Quality Commission has raised concerns about the care given to women at BPAS Merseyside.

Last year, a surgeon contracted by the clinic was struck off the medical register for exposing patients to the risk of life-threatening conditions during abortions. James Olobo-Lalobo was found by medical practitioners tribunal to have endangered at least three women’s lives during abortions carried out in May and June 2017.

In 2017, the CQC found 16 serious incidents had occurred in which patients were admitted to hospital for emergency treatment over a period of three years. Over the same period, 11 women were transferred for emergency hospital treatment after suffering serious injuries, including eight cases in a 15 month period from January 2015 – March 2016.

A catalogue of health and safety risks were also identified, such as infection control procedures not always being followed during abortion procedures and drug syringes were left without a cap or needle on the end, presenting a risk of cross-infection. No effective systems were in place to ensure resuscitation equipment was regularly checked to protect patients from avoidable harm, and incidents not being properly investigated.

BPAS Merseyside performed 4,585 terminations placing it among the top 10 abortion providers in the country, in 2018.

In 2016, Marie Stopes International (MSI) was forced to suspend abortion services for a month after an unannounced inspection by the CQC “found dead foetuses lying in an open bin and staff trying to give a vulnerable, visibly distressed woman an abortion without her consent”.

Following the suspension of MSI abortion services last year, BPAS’s Chief Executive, Ann Furedi, said, “a failure of clinical governance in an organisation that is a specialist provider of abortion services is of the utmost seriousness and I would expect to see it being treated as a resignation issue for the chief executive.”

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said:

“Yet again we are confronted with the callous disregard for health and safety from the abortion industry. Yet again the two largest abortion providers, who receive tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer money annually, have been found to be placing the health and safety of their patients at risk.

“The Care Quality Commission says this clinic requires improvement but the only real improvement that can be made to abortion clinics, for the lives of both women and unborn babies, would be for them to be closed.”

Parliamentary motion launched to cut millions of taxpayer funding for overseas abortion provider

An MP has launched a Parliamentary motion calling on the government to cut controversial funding for abortion provider Marie Stopes International. 

An Early Day Motion tabled by Fiona Bruce notes that the abortion giant, which ended the lives of almost 5 million babies in the womb last year in developing countries, has had a funding increase of 5,000% in the last 12 years.

The UK government gave over £48,000,000 to MSI, in 2018, making the UK taxpayer the largest donor to the organisation. 

However, polling shows there is very little public support for taxpayers’ money being spent in this manner, with 65% of the UK population opposed to the government funding abortions overseas. 

The motion adds that the increase in funding comes at the same time as a Charity Commission investigation into Marie Stopes International for rewarding its chief executive, Simon Cooke, a total salary package in excess of £400,000. 

The amount that Mr Cooke was paid in 2018 would put him in the top-10 highest earners in the charity sector

The large salary and bonus come off the back of a series of scandals in the past few years where evidence has emerged of MSI performing illegal abortions in countries that protect unborn babies; investigations by the Care Quality Commission reported that MSI endangered the safety of women in the UK; and the case of one woman bled to death after having an abortion in one of MSI’s London clinics.

The motion also references a recent highly critical Independent Commission for Aid Impact report that condemned the Department for International Development for favouring abortion funding, at the expense of strengthening the delivery of quality maternal care programmes.

Last month, the Secretary of State for International Development, announced to the UN that the Department for International Development would be providing an additional £600 million of taxpayer money for “family planning”, which will include funding abortions. 

This pledge is the UK Government’s largest ever stand-alone spend of taxpayer money in this area and comes on top of the £1.1 billion already pledged over a 5 year period beginning in 2017.

Spokesperson for Right to Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“It is appalling that ‘international development’ now consists of funding overseas abortions at an ever-increasing rate along with funding lobby teams to introduce extreme abortion laws in developing countries. This is especially concerning given the series of scandals at Marie Stopes International and that the majority of the public do not want taxpayer funding spent on ending the lives of children in the womb overseas.

“We support Fiona Bruce’s parliamentary motion to cut all international development funding provided to Marie Stopes International and encourage other MPs to add their signatures to it.”

Tory Govt pledge another £600m tax-payer money for international abortions and family planning

International Development Secretary, Amok Sharma MP, speaking at the UN

On Monday, (23/09) Secretary of State for International Development, Alok Sharma MP, announced to the UN that the Department for International Development (DFID) would be providing an additional £600 million of taxpayer money for “family planning”, which will include funding abortions.

This pledge is the UK Government’s largest ever stand-alone spend of taxpayer money in this area and comes on top of the £1.1 billion already pledged over a 5 year period beginning in 2017.

Both of these large sums of money while ostensibly used for “family planning” will also be used to fund abortions overseas.

The Government’s announcement has been made following a recent Independent Commission for Aid Impact report which condemned DFID for favouring abortion funding at the expense of strengthening the delivery of quality maternal care programmes.

The British Goverment is the largest single donor to international abortion provider, Marie Stopes International (MSI), who is currently under scrutiny for rewarding its chief executive, Simon Cooke, a total salary package in excess of £400,000.

MSI performed almost 5 million abortions in 2018. It has had its funding from the UK taxpayer increased by over 5,000% in the last 12 years, up to over £48,000,000 in 2018, making the UK taxpayer the largest donor to the organisation.

However, polling shows that there is little public support for tax payer’s money being spent in this manner with 65% of the British population opposed to this money be used to fund abortions overseas.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK Catherine Robinson said:

“Time and again the Department for International Development have pledged large sums of money for ‘family planning’ internationally, and time and again, this money has also be used to fund abortions.”

“There is no internationally recognised right to abortion, and the British Government, along with the UN, should not be acting as if there is. Many countries do not share the British Government’s views on abortion. They do not recognise abortion as a right to be promoted.”

“The British public does not want its taxes being used in this way. 65% have stated they are opposed to their taxes being used to fund overseas abortions.”

“This is nothing short of neo-colonialism, where the British Government is using its resources to fund abortions in foreign nations.”

5000% increase in British Gov funding for abortion provider Marie Stopes since 2006

The Department for International Development (DfID) has increased its contributions to the abortion giant Marie Stopes International (MSI) by over 5000% in the last 12 years, from £905,000 in 2006 to £48,173,000 in 2018. 

Financial statements for the company found in Companies House reveal that since 2006 DfID has given over £300 million worth of taxpayers’ money to MSI, with over three quarters of that total given between 2014 and 2018. This enormous increase has made DfID the single biggest donor to Marie Stopes International.

DfID contributions to MSI account for over 16% of their entire £296,849,000 income in 2018. This represents a dramatic increase from 2006 where DfID provided only 1.5% of MSI’s income for that year.

The contribution of the British Government to this global abortion provider has increased each year since 2006 but increased substantially after 2010 at the same time as David Cameron’s Conservative Government came to power.

The total financial contributions from DfID do not include any money the British Government provides for Marie Stope abortion provision in the UK.

At the height of its contributions, the United States donated almost £24 million in 2016 to MSI, which is just over half the total contributions of the British Government for the same year.

This huge increase in DfID contributions comes at the same time as MSI performed almost 5 million abortions globally and rewarded its chief executive Simon Cooke a £217,250 bonus for doing so.

Mr Cooke’s impressive salary and bonus come off the back of a series of scandals in the past few years where inspectors found “dead foetuses lying in an open bin”; evidence of high pressure sales tactics to get women to have abortions; and cases of doctors pre-signing consent forms.

Spokesperson for Right To Life UK Catherine Robinson said:

“The majority of the great increase in the contributions of the Department for International Development to this global abortion provider has occurred under the auspices of a Conservative Government.”

Polling has shown that 65% of the British population are opposed to taxpayer money being used to fund abortions overseas, yet every year since 2006 the British Government has given more and more money to MSI for this purpose.”

(Photo credit screen shot: https://www.mariestopesinternational.org.au/about-us/board-of-directors)