RCGP chairwoman appears on Panorama abortion investigation

RCGP chairwoman Professor Clare Gerada said GPs should not be expected to question the validity of patients asking for a termination on mental health grounds, ahead of an appearance on a BBC programme about abortion.

Panorama explores whether doctors are signing off terminations on questionable mental health grounds.
Panorama explores whether doctors are signing off terminations on questionable mental health grounds.

Panorama - The Great Abortion Divide, will explore whether doctors in England are signing off terminations on questionable mental health grounds.

Professor Gerada said it should not be a GP's role to question whether a patient was presenting with genuine mental health issues or not.

She said: ‘There isn’t a blood test that can predict if someone’s going to get mental health problems.

‘As a GP I’m there to help a woman through one on the most difficult times of her life, to help her understand her options, it is not for me to call her a liar.’

Professor Gerada will appear on Panorama – The Great Abortion Divide on BBC1 at 8:30pm tonight.

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