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Clinics (Gynaelogical Equipment)

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which clinics licensed to terminate pregnancies have the following resuscitation equipment; micro-gas analyser, cardiac monitor, neo-natal ven tilator and oxygen analyser, together with the necessary personnel trained to use them.

Special approval to carry out abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy is limited to eight out of a total of 64 clinics approved under the Abortion Act 1967. It is a condition of this special approval that (a) an incubator, a neo-natal laryngoscope and endotracheal tubes, suction apparatus—including mucus catheters—and an oxygen supply are available; (b) medical and nursing staff experienced in the use of such equipment are readily available at the time that terminations are carried out; (c) arrangements exist for the immediate transfer to a special care baby unit at a nearby hospital of any live infant which, following emergency treatment, is found to be surviving.