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UK government sets up pilot studies to evaluate medical abortion services outside hospitals

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1233
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The Department of Health is funding two hospitals to pilot medical abortion outside hospital settings, to evaluate their effectiveness and safety, the UK government announced in a recent report.

    At the moment, the secretary of state has to approve places that can provide abortions, and as yet has not approved anywhere other than hospitals. In its response to a report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on scientific developments relating to the Abortion Act 1967, the current legislation that covers abortion, the government said that a formal evaluation is under way to assess the safety, effectiveness and patient acceptability of providing early medical abortion services in these ‘non-traditional’ settings.

    One of the pilots is in a community hospital and the other is …

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