Friday, September 11, 2015

DHEC may close two of state's three abortion clinics

Seek and ye shall find

Posted by Chris Haire on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Shortly after the now-debunked, undercover Planned Parenthood videos took the rabid right by storm, South Carolina's very own Nikki Haley called for a DHEC review of abortion clinics in the Palmetto, and the result is predictable witch-huntery: DHEC has determined that two clinics don't meet state law and will be suspended immediately. And if they don't fix their problems, they will be closed starting Sept. 28. A press release from DHEC states:

Today, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) notified abortion clinics in South Carolina of enforcement actions following an investigation and inspections.

"DHEC remains committed to ensuring that all clinics operating in South Carolina are safe and in compliance with state and federal laws," said DHEC Director Catherine Heigel. "We take the findings of this investigation very seriously and will work together with each of these facilities to help get them into compliance as quickly as possible."

DHEC regulates and licenses abortion clinics and the management of infectious waste.

On August 18, 2015, Governor Nikki Haley requested that the agency conduct an investigation of the three clinics currently operating in the state.

As part of the investigation, DHEC reviewed prior inspection reports of these facilities and conducted onsite inspections between August 31 and September 4, 2015. All three facilities were due to be inspected by the agency later this fall.

During the onsite inspections, DHEC staff interviewed clinic personnel, reviewed documents and patient files, and conducted an inspection of the facilities.

Based on these investigative and inspection efforts, DHEC took the following enforcement actions:
  • The agency issued an Administrative Order of Suspension for Planned Parenthood of South Atlantic in Columbia, S.C., due to violations of state laws and regulations. The 21 cited violations included: non-compliance with the Woman's Right to Know Act, incomplete medical and employee records, expired medications, improper infectious waste disposal practices, and failure to report abortions to DHEC Vital Statistics in a timely manner. The DHEC order becomes final on September 28, 2015, and will result in closure of the facility unless review by the DHEC Board is requested or the facility meets the terms of the order.

  • The agency issued an Administrative Order of Suspension for Greenville Women's Clinic due to violations of state laws and regulations. The six cited violations included: non-compliance with the Woman's Right to Know Act, incomplete medical record documentation, and improper infectious waste disposal practices. The DHEC order becomes final on September 28, 2015, and will result in closure of the facility unless review by the DHEC Board is requested or the facility meets the terms of the order.

  • The agency issued a Report of Visit to the Charleston Women's Medical Center, which notifies the facility of four minor violations (e.g., documentation errors) that need to be corrected. The facility will be required to submit a plan of correction to the agency within 15 days.
Planned Parenthood of South Atlantic in Columbia, S.C., and Greenville Women's Clinic must submit a plan of correction to DHEC by September 28, 2015, show proof of staff training, and pay any assessed penalties in order to lift their suspension orders or face closure.

While every clinic should be up to current standards — even the dubious ones that are part of state law — I can't help but be reminded of that old adage: Seek and ye shall find. After all, this is the very same DHEC that knew about a TB outbreak in the Upstate for months and did nothing about it. The wonders never cease.

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Walter Scott revelation: NCPD has quota system

CPD has quotas too, they just call them 'goals'

Posted by Chris Haire on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 7:44 AM

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Amid the back and forth yesterday between prosecutors against North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager and his defense, led by Andy Savage, came one little nugget that seemingly has the Lowcountry all abuzz: According to Slager's defense, the NCPD has a quota system. The P&C's Andrew Knapp reports:

To his defense team, Slager was doing his job when he stopped Scott’s car, trying to fulfill his department-mandated quota of three traffic stops every shift for minor violations. In the eyes of some observers, it amounted to a stunning indictment of North Charleston police policy that affirms residents’ long-held complaints...

Word of the North Charleston Police Department’s quota policy served as the most significant revelation, aired publicly for the first time by Slager’s lead attorney, Andy Savage. But attorneys for Scott’s family said they also had uncovered policies pointing Slager down a career path that ended April 4 at Remount and Craig roads. One of the lawyers, state Rep. Justin Bamberg, vowed to file legislation that would ban police quotas in South Carolina.

Bamberg said the quota system was a “monster in the closet” that North Charleston residents had complained about for years while few officials listened.

A police spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Every jaw in the courtroom dropped to hear that admission,” another family attorney, Chris Stewart, said. “To hear it confirmed ... was shocking.”

Shocking, yes. But all too common. And, well, City Paper readers have known for years that the Charleston Police Department has a quota system as well — it's just that they call them, um, "goals." Way back in 2009, Greg Hambrick reported:

A recent e-mail to the city's traffic officers sets goals for citations and check points and threatens reassignment and "permanent days off."

The goals are meant to motivate a few lax officers and aren't quotas, says Lt. Chip Searson, the traffic enforcement commander. He sent out the e-mail to his staff last week after Chief Gregg Mullen questioned the team's productivity. The City Paper got a copy of the e-mail through an anonymous tip...

The weekly goals break down to about two tickets an hour for traffic officers and a little more than one an hour for cops on one of two DUI units. Each unit is expected to have two check points a week.

I don't know about you, but that monster got out of the closet a long, long time ago.

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