The College of Physicians forwarded to the Ministry of Health the complaint of a physician who warns that in Murcia abortions are performed by a professional who is not a gynecologist, but a specialist in General Medicine. Given “the seriousness of the events” reported, the collegiate institution gave notice to the Ministry, which has already put the case in the hands of the Inspection, explain sources from this department.
The complaint states that a doctor who is not registered in Murcia, but in Alicante, performs abortions in the Region despite appearing in the neighboring province as «Registered doctor of discharge without exercise». In addition, he lacks the specialty of Gynecology and Obstetrics. This health worker works in a Murcia clinic where, according to the complaint, there are “professionals without any visible identification.” According to “patient testimonies” collected by the complainant, means are “deficient” and women are “alone throughout the process, without access to your mobile phone, not only in the surgical area; also in the individual room where the dilation is performed ”. In addition, they point out that analgesia is “insufficient throughout the process.” According to the complaint, in this clinic only non-specialist doctors practice voluntary interruptions of pregnancy in Gynecology.
Deadlines established by law
The 2010 Time Limits Act states that abortions must be performed by “a specialist doctor or under his direction”. Clinic sources assure that this does not require the physical presence of a gynecologist in the interventions.
The socialist deputy Lara Hernández described as “inadmissible” these events that “put the health of these women at risk,” and urged the president of the Community, Fernando López Miras, to “assume the responsibilities that correspond to him. the abandonment suffered by women in the Region who decide to terminate their pregnancy for medical reasons.
For its part, the Association of Health Users requested an “urgent inspection”, and warned that there is no evidence that the clinics that currently perform abortions in the Region are “centers linked to the public network”, in the absence of a contract to regularize the concerts. As LA VERDAD advanced, the former managing director of the Murcian Health Service, Asensio López, tried to approve a contract with these clinics in 2018, so that voluntary interruptions of pregnancy would be regulated like the rest of referrals from public health. However, the contract was never authorized by the Governing Council.