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Defending Life Spotlight

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Unsafe Spotlight

The North Carolina Department of Health and Humans Services, through the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation, Acute and Home Care Licensure and Certification Section, makes inspection reports by DHSR available online.49 North Carolina inspection reports reflect several serious violations of health and safety, including one immediate jeopardy situation which resulted in the Baker Clinic being shut down. (It has now opened under another name in Durham.) The report states, “[I]t is the finding of this agency that the facility has neglected to provide the services to assure the health and safety and welfare of the clients. Emergency action is required to protect the clients.” The business owner, Dr. Baker, was interviewed by a local newspaper and said, “This was on me, so my bad. It’s like trying to do your own taxes. This is a lot of stuff.” Other violations include expired medicine and supplies, and failure to properly handle medicine. There are also a host of citations for disregarding patient privacy and care, as well as for failure to ensure the physician preforming the surgical procedure signed and witnessed the voluntary consent form for treatment of patients. In another inspection report, Planned Parenthood’s regional director at its Winston Salem Clinic stated, “I thought we only had to provide PPE [Personal Protective Equipment, i.e., masks] and it’s up to the employee to wear it or not.” “A lot of our docs don’t use masks during procedures. We do not monitor the use of PPE.” The inspections seem to have dropped in scope and consistency since 2017 when a new administration took office.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Humans Services, through the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation, Acute and Home Care Licensure and Certification Section, makes inspection reports by DHSR available online. Reports of Surveys for Abortion Clinics. North Carolina, Division of Health Service Regulation, Acute and Home Care Licensure and Certification Section.

NUMBER OF REPORTS: 62 
DATE RANGE: 2012–2019