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RCOG responds to the Scottish Government’s Women’s Health Plan

News 20 August 2021

The Scottish Government has today laid out plans to improve health outcomes and health services for all women and girls in Scotland.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) welcomes the move by the Scottish Government, as the first country in the UK to have a Women’s Health Plan. It details ambitious changes and improvements to areas including menopause, heart health, menstrual health including endometriosis, and sexual health.

Dr Pat O’Brien, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

“We welcome Scotland’s commitment to this ambitious and detailed plan as a key marker to making improvements to healthcare services for all women from different backgrounds.  

“We are pleased to see the Women’s Health Plan adopt a life course approach –something we called for in our Better for Women report – to ensure the health and wellbeing of women throughout every stage of their lives are prioritised, and they can access care when they need it. 

“It is important that all women are included and consulted about how health services can fit their needs. We are pleased to see that this plan has been developed with extensive consultation with a diverse group of women, ensuring that the health service is inclusive and respectful, and can work to focus on closing inequalities in women’s health experience and outcomes.” 


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Notes to the editor

  • Read the Women’s Health Plan here
  • Read the RCOG’s Better for Women Report here