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Pre-signing of forms found in 14 out of 249 abortion clinics in England

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4784 (Published 13 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4784
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Fourteen abortion clinics in England have been told to stop pre-signing forms that authorise a termination after the health and social care watchdog inspected all 249 NHS and private providers.1 No evidence of poor outcomes was found at any of the clinics inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley ordered the commission to inspect all abortion providers in England after it found in January that forms had been pre-signed by one doctor at a private clinic. This breaches the Abortion Act because, except in emergencies, two doctors must certify …

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