Abortion: Gender Selection

Department of Health written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Chair, International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, Chair, International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact

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.

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

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.

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