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Sexual and reproductive health must not become the 'Cinderella' service of the NHS

 

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Sexual and reproductive health must not become the 'Cinderella' service of the NHS

Years of improvement in the quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare being delivered to patients, including halving teenage pregnancy rates over the last decade and steadily increasing uptake rates of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), is at risk due to the bureaucratic, financial and training barriers facing GPs and practice teams warns the Royal College of GPs.

The College is launching Time To Act, highlighting the findings of a consultation with its 50,000-strong membership. It found that GPs fear rates of teenage pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases will rise, reversing current trends, as vulnerable patients are excluded from accessing the most appropriate forms of contraception and health inequalities are widened.