Abortion (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 – proposed changes: business and regulatory impact assessment

This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) considers the proposals for changes to the Abortion (Scotland) Regulations 1991 to enable notifications of abortions to be sent to the Chief Medical Officer electronically and to avoid personal data about patients being included in future notifications.

11. Enforcement, sanctions and monitoring

It is a legal requirement for an RMP to provide notification of any termination carried out to the CMO and the proposals do not change that. Providers will no longer provide patient data as part of the notification and so, to ensure that there is assurance that patient data will continue to be collected by PHS for the creation of statistics, the intention is that Scottish Ministers will issue a Direction to NHS Boards requiring that they provide such data to PHS. As mentioned above, the one approved private provider in Scotland has given an undertaking to provide data directly to PHS.


Email: sam.baker@gov.scot

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