Ahead of the UK general election on 8 June, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists calls on political parties to support women’s health priorities.
We want to see the next government take a life course approach to improve the health of all women and girls at every age and stage of their lives. The next government needs to invest now and place women at the centre of their care, educating and empowering them to make informed choices.
We want the parties to commit to:
- Implementing the National Maternity Review, making maternity services safer, kinder and more family-friendly
- Joining up and improving family planning services, including investing in training for abortion care and contraception
- Ensuring specialist perinatal mental health services are available to all women
- Honouring the current Government’s commitment to make age-appropriate sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory in all schools and colleges, including academies and free schools by September 2019
- Supporting the RCOG’s Each Baby Counts programme which is committed to reducing the number of stillbirths and babies suffering severe brain injury at term by 50% by 2020.