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Fewer Doctors Performing Abortions

Magazine article Public Finance

Fewer Doctors Performing Abortions

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The NHS might have to ask nurses to perform abortions after a decline in the number of doctors willing to do so.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said this week that it was concerned about the future of the abortion service. There was a 'slow but growing' trend of trainee doctors opting out of training in this, often because they were more interested in learning about other areas of practice.

While the college backed the right of doctors to refuse to perform the procedure, it added that abortion was an essential part of women's health care services. Adequate investment and a trained, sympathetic workforce were essential.

Family planning charity Marie Stopes International said it had difficulty recruiting doctors to perform terminations. …

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