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GPs could offer abortions

GP practices could soon be offering women medical abortions after a Government-sponsored pilot found the strategy was safe and effective.

The RCGP welcomed the results and said offering women abortions in community settings would improve access and reduce waiting times.

The trial ­ one of two the Department of Health is evaluating ­ assessed use of mifepristone/misoprostol in general practice under nurse supervision.

The researchers recorded no complications among 172 women who underwent the procedure, and concluded it could be safely conducted outside hospital.

Currently, women must undergo abortion in an NHS hospital or an 'approved independent sector place'.

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