Dr Peter Saunders in his BLOG
comments on the health service
regulator’s report of July 12th
, that fourteen NHS abortion clinics
have broken the UK abortion law by allowing doctors to pre-sign forms
authorising a termination.
Dr Saunders writes;
This is in breach of the Abortion Act, and allows the second
doctor to take a solo decision to allow a termination.
The breaches were uncovered in an investigation ordered by
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley (pictured) who asked the CQC to investigate
whether the practice, first identified in January, was widespread.
The Abortion Act 1967 requires a form (HSA1) certifying that
the requirements for a termination have been met to be signed by two doctors
before the procedure takes place.
The story has been covered by the Telegraph, Daily Mail and
Guardian which give more details.
I have pasted the full ministerial statement below along
with the list of NHS Trusts involved. It makes it very clear that the police
are now involved.
Sadly the response of both the Labour Party and abortion
providers to all this has been openly contemptuous.
Abortion is still a crime unless it is carried out under the
provisions of the Abortion Act and the reason two doctors signatures are
involved is because abortion involves the taking of a human life.
Clearly in the case of these 14 NHS abortion clinics at
least one named doctor has put his or her signature to statutory documents
knowingly and wilfully making false claims.
This is a form of perjury (see below).
The CQC must already have the doctors’ names (as their
signatures will be on these forms) so the police should also have them very
If the law is being properly upheld then, on the basis of
the facts presented in the media, it would seem the next thing we should expect
to hear is that at least 14 doctors are being prosecuted for perjury.
I wonder if we will.
Dr Saunders then lists the Law on perjury, The list of non compliant Trusts and the Written Ministerial statement of July 12th from the Health Department
LAW ON PERJURY
Section 5 of the Perjury Act 1911 reads as follows:
5 False statutory declarations and other false statements
If any person knowingly and wilfully makes (otherwise than
on oath) a statement false in a material particular, and the statement is made—
(a)in a statutory declaration; or
(b)in a… certificate, declaration… or other document which
he is authorised or required to make, attest, or verify, by any public general
Act of Parliament for the time being in force… he shall be guilty of a
misdemeanour and shall be liable on conviction thereof on indictment to
imprisonment… for any term not exceeding two years, or to a fine or to both
such imprisonment and fine.
LIST OF NON-COMPLIANT TRUSTS
1. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust -
Bradford Royal Infirmary
2. Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust -
3. Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
4. Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust -
Royal Victoria Infirmary
5. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust - Scunthorpe General Hospital
6. Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust - Rochdale Infirmary
7. Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Peterborough City Hospital
8. Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust - Princess
Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex
9. Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust - Musgrove Park
10. University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust - Central
11. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust - Leicester
12. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust - Leicester
13. Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Arrowe Park Hospital
14. Wye Valley NHS Trust - Hereford Hospital
WRITTEN MINISTERIAL STATEMENT
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Care Quality Commission inspections of abortion providers
Thursday 12 July 2012
The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Andrew Lansley):
Following reports of potential breaches of the Abortion Act 1967, in March 2012
the Care Quality Commission (CQC) undertook a series of unannounced inspections
of all abortion providers. The focus of these inspections was whether abortion
certificates (Form HSA1) had been signed by doctors before a woman had been
seen in the clinic. The law requires two doctors to certify that at least one
(and the same) ground for abortion exists in relation to a specific woman.
At the end of the inspection process, the CQC set up a
national quality assurance panel to review findings, judgements and action. The
CQC have today published 249 inspection reports on their website,
www.cqc.org.uk. Inspectors seized evidence from around a fifth of providers
where issues of consistency and completeness of HSA1 forms were identified.
Clear evidence of pre-signing was identified in a total of 14 providers and the
CQC have required compliance actions be taken by all of these providers to
ensure that their practices meet the standards set in law by a set date.
Investigations by the police, General Medical Council, and
Nursing and Midwifery Council continue and further referrals may result from
the publication of the CQC reports. We await the outcome of these
In the meantime, my officials will work with a number of
bodies including the CQC and the Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists to address the findings from these inspections.