Abortion: Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Scott Benton Scott Benton Conservative, Blackpool South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of women receiving a follow-up call after taking both sets of abortion pills at home to ensure that there are not subsequent medical complications.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Abortion providers will discuss possible complications with the woman during the consultation and women will be provided with written advice and information about possible symptoms, including those which would necessitate urgent review. Women have access to a 24 hour telephone helpline should they have any concerns.

Any complication known to the practitioner terminating the pregnancy should be reported to the Chief Medical Officer on form HSA4. All serious incidents should be reported by the provider to their commissioner, the Care Quality Commission and other relevant organisations in line with the framework published by NHS England and NHS Improvement at the following link:

https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/serious-incident-framework/

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