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India: Abortion

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what checks are initiated by High Commission staff in New Delhi to ensure that no medical staff recommended by the High Commission are involved in practices associated with female foeticide. (172619)

Our high commission in New Delhi selects doctors on the basis of their professional qualifications and skills, English language proficiency, experience with foreign patients, and on account of their exposure to and acknowledged adherence to a high standard of ethical medical practice. They are interviewed, visited, monitored and regularly assessed by the regional medical officer (a UK general practitioner) and by the health care team at the high commission.