LONDON, NOVEMBER 28, 2004
: A Non-Resident Indian doctor based in the UK is facing three separate
inquiries for arranging illegal late-term abortions for British women,
a leading daily claimed on Sunday.
Dr Saroj Adlakha
Dr Saroj Adlakha, who runs her own practice in Kings Heath, Birmingham,
is being investigated by Prof Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical
Officer; the health trust that registers general practitioners in her
area; and the General Medical Council which governs the conduct of all
doctors in this country.
Dr Adlakha was filmed on video shot covertly by an undercover reporter
of The Sunday Telegraph . She admitted on video that she had arranged
for a woman to travel to Barcelona in order to have her healthy 31 1/2
week foetus terminated. She is now off work pending an investigation,
the report said on Sunday.
She also agreed to help to arrange a similar abortion for undercover
reporters. This included the offer of medical help - lying to a British
hospital in order to obtain a scan to pass to the Ginemedex clinic in
Spain - and advising on cheap flights to get there. The clinic was at
the centre of an expose by the newspaper last month
According to the newspaper report, hundreds of British women, who have
healthy late-term pregnancies but want an abortion for "social"
reasons, are being directed to Ginemedex by the British Pregnancy Advisory
Service, an NHS-funded charity.
BPAS telephone advisers, who also helped Dr Adlakha, said that they
recommended the clinic despite the fact that it operates contrary to
Spanish law. Staff at Ginemedex admitted to fabricating patients' paperwork
so as to evade prosecution