Abortion: Telemedicine

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th February 2022.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to make the permission allowing telemedical abortion services permanent.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are no plans to make this measure permanent. The temporary approval which enabled home use of both pills for early medical abortion was in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the success of the vaccination and booster programme, face to face abortion services will return by 29 August 2022. A short-term extension of the temporary approval has been made to enable a safe and reliable return to these arrangements.

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