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RCOG statement on appointment of new Health Secretary

News 10 July 2018

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists statement on appointment of Matthew Hancock as new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:

“The RCOG congratulates the new Health Secretary on his appointment and very much looks forward to working with him on the future of women’s healthcare.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to champion the outgoing Health Secretary’s work around maternity safety and other issues, including the sustainability of the NHS workforce and access to sexual and reproductive health, ensuring that girls and women receive the very highest standard of care and respect throughout their lives.

“We sincerely hope that one of the first things the new Health Secretary will do is to demonstrate his commitment to women’s health by enabling women to take misoprostol, the second drug used to effect an early medical abortion, at home. He has the opportunity to follow Wales and Scotland’s compassionate lead, giving women access to the care they want and need.”



For media enquiries, please contact the RCOG press office on 020 7045 6773 or email

RCOG/FSRH statement on taking misoprostol at home

About the RCOG
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to encouraging the study and advancing the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. It does this through postgraduate medical education and training and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision. For more information, visit