‘Staff felt pressured into encouraging abortions’
Sligo News File
One of the UKs largest abortion providers has been paying bonuses to staff who encourage women to have abortions, it has been claimed.
The Daily Mail states that the allegations centre on Marie Stopes
International, and are said to have come in a report from the Care Quality Commission, a non-departmental public body of the Department of Health of the United Kingdom.
Inspectors, says the Mail, found evidence of a policy – in place across all 70 Marie Stopes clinics in the country – whereby staff were told to call women who had decided not to have an abortion, and offer them a new appointment.
The Mail states that according to the report staff felt ‘encouraged’ to ensure women went through with abortions because it was ‘linked to their performance bonus.’
Inspectors reportedly uncovered a document referring to a ‘company-wide focus’ on women who weren’t going ahead with abortions, who were referred to as ‘Did No Proceed’ patients.
The Mail states, : ‘Staff were concerned that ‘Did Not Proceed’, the term used when women decided not to proceed with treatment, was measured as a KPI (key performance indicator) and linked to their performance bonus. They felt that this encouraged staff to ensure that patients underwent procedures.’
It is alleged that report is more damning than any previous inspection.
The Mail notes that the “watchdog’s accusations are made in a just published 2016 report into the Marie Stopes centre in Maidstone, Kent. Staff reputedly told Care Quality Commission inspectors the clinic was like a ‘cattle market’ and described a ‘very target-driven culture’.”
Parents, partners or friends of women thinking about having an abortion were ‘seen as an inconvenience’ and ‘their presence strongly discouraged’, the report apparently stated.
Conservative MP Fiona Bruce is quoting as saying: ‘It is shocking to hear that, at what is often such a difficult and stressful moment,
abortion clinics are taking advantage of pregnant women by seeking to do as many abortions as they can, rather than seeking to give genuine, non-directional counselling and advice.
‘This completely undermines the legitimacy of these publicly funded organisations, and must be investigated.’
The Mail also quotes Clara Campbell, from the charity Life, as saying: ‘This exposes the true income-seeking nature of the abortion industry.
‘A conveyer-belt culture has pervaded the industry for many years and Marie Stopes International is a good example of this.
‘The abortion industry likes to parrot a narrative of looking after the interests of women but when it ends up placing their health and safety at risk in the pursuit of money, it becomes incumbent on the Government to act to protect women.’
Marie Stopes sees 70,000 patients a year for abortions and other sexual health services. The organisation said it was ‘categorically untrue’ that staff bonuses were linked to the number of women who went ahead with abortions.’