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Question for Department of Health

UIN 118934, tabled on 12 December 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the report from the Care Quality Commission on an inspection of Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust, published in November 2016, what steps he is taking to ensure that Registered Medical Practitioners signing HSA1 abortion forms have (a) first seen the woman they are treating and (b) complete the HSA1 form accurately; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

19 December 2017

Birmingham Women's and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has taken action to address the concerns raised about completion of HSA1 certificates in the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) inspection report. The Trust has advised the CQC that education sessions covering appropriate completion of the HSA1 certificate are delivered to all clinicians and junior doctors involved in the service, and that these sessions are delivered at induction and on an on-going basis. In addition, HSA1 certificates are audited quarterly to ensure that there is 100% compliance with the Abortion Regulations 1991. The Regulations can be viewed at:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1991/499/contents/made

The Department issued guidance to all Registered Medical Practitioners in July 2013 outlining their responsibilities under the Abortion Act 1967, in relation to completing the HSA1 form. The guidance is available to be viewed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/226928/2013_C_Guidance_note_for_completing_the_HSA1_and_HSA2_abortion_forms.pdf