Health written question – answered on 11th February 2014.

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Photo of Jim Dobbin Jim Dobbin Labour, Heywood and Middleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 February 2014, Official Report, columns 65-66W, on abortion, if his Department will review data collection protocols in order to record how many doctors have been challenged to defend their decision to refer for an abortion and how many such challenges have been overturned.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Abortion Regulations 1991 require that registered medical practitioners notify the chief medical officer on form HSA4 of every abortion they have performed. The information required to be completed on the HSA4 form is set out in the regulations. There are no plans to amend the regulations or the HSA4 form to collect information on whether one or both of the certifying doctors have been challenged about their decision that there are grounds for an abortion.

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