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Abortion: Gender Selection

Question for Department of Health

UIN 11632, tabled on 13 October 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what structures are in place for (a) staff in primary care settings and (b) other healthcare professionals to raise concerns about sex-selective abortions if they believe these are occurring.

Answered on

21 October 2015

All healthcare organisations registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) should have procedures in place to allow staff to raise concerns. Staff can also raise concerns with the CQC.

The Department has also been clear that any specific allegations about gender-selective abortions being undertaken should be reported to the police.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care