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BPAS surgeon struck off for ‘endangering patient’s lives’

A surgeon contracted by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) who exposed patients to the risk of life threatening conditions during abortions has been struck off the medical register, the British Medical Journal reported.

Speaking after it was revealed that James Olobo-Lalobo was found by a medical practitioners tribunal to have endangered at least three women’s lives during abortions carried out in May and June 2017, John Deighan, deputy chief executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), said: “This is a horrendous case of a surgeon who exposed women to the gravest of threats to their lives, while working for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. It raises profound questions about staff vetting policies by BPAS and over government funding that enables this organisation to exist. It is bewildering that BPAS could have been employing someone so dangerous to women’s health, who has now been found unfit to work by a tribunal and has been rightly struck off.

“The abortion industry is founded on the most profound contradiction of healthcare principles where they end life instead of healing. That this gives rise to a cavalier attitude to health care for women as in this case, is perhaps not totally surprising,” he continued.

“BPAS seem to put their role in the money-making abortion industry ahead of the health of women.

“The tribunal heard a litany of horror stories including a case which beggars belief in which he performed a procedure on a woman who had to attend an NHS emergency unit the next day after delivering a tiny formed baby.”

This is not the first time the Merseyside BPAS clinic has been found to have endangered women’s lives. Last year, the Care Quality Commission released a damning report highlighting a catalogue of safety issues, including infection control procedures not being followed, no effective systems being in place to ensure resuscitation equipment was regularly checked to protect patients from avoidable harm, and incidents not being properly investigated.

The service itself reported to the CQC that 11 women were transferred for emergency hospital treatment after suffering serious injuries between January 2013 – March 2016, including eight cases in a 15 month period from January 2015 – March 2016.”