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Marie Stopes International: Maidstone

Question for Department of Health

UIN 118929, tabled on 12 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Care Quality Commission report into the Marie Stopes International Maidstone, Centre published in October 2017, if he plans to withdraw that Centre's licence to perform abortions: and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

20 December 2017

Marie Stopes International’s (MSI) Maidstone centre continues to be approved to perform abortions by the Secretary of State for Health and is also registered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to perform the regulated activity of termination of pregnancy. The CQC’s October 2017 report relates to an inspection undertaken in 2016. Since then, MSI’s Maidstone Centre has been re-inspected and another report will be published in due course.

MSI is continuing to take a range of actions to address the issues identified in the CQC’s report and the CQC has made clear that it will not hesitate to take further action, if necessary, in order to guarantee MSI meets the appropriate standards of care.