Health Secretary Andrew Lansley
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Lansley on why abortion clinics are being spot-checked

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley explains why abortion clinics across England are undergoing unannounced inspections to check they are abiding by the law.

Mr Lansley, who ordered the Care Quality Commission checks, raised concerns consent forms were being pre-signed - before a woman had even been seen.

Of about 250 clinics visited, there are concerns around 20% were "non-compliant" with the law or regulations.

  • 23 Mar 2012
  • From the section Health