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RCOG welcomes new Women's Health Strategy

News 6 March 2021

To mark International Women’s Day on Monday, the government is launching a 12 week call for evidence to better understand women’s experiences of the health and care system

All women are being urged to share their experiences to form the basis of a new Women’s Health strategy. The strategy will set a new agenda to improve health and wellbeing and ensure health services are meeting the needs of women.

The six core-themes included in the call for evidence are: 

  • Placing women’s voices at the centre of their health and care
  • Improving the quality and accessibility of information and education on women’s health
  • Ensuring the health and care system understands and is responsive to women’s health and care needs across the life course 
  • Maximising women’s health in the workplace
  • Ensuring research, evidence and data support improvements in women’s health
  • Understanding and responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on women’s health
Commenting on the launch,  Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

“We’re delighted to see the launch of the Women’s Health Strategy and welcome the opportunity this provides to improve health outcomes for women and girls from all different communities.

“The introduction of a strategy focused on women’s health was a key recommendation in our Better for Women report and it’s positive to see the government begin to make this a reality.

“For women and girls, we hope this strategy will mean their voices and experiences are listened to and go towards shaping a future health system that works for them. We also want women and girls to be able to access reliable information on their health throughout their life, as well as have easier access to contraception, abortion and fertility services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has put incredible pressure on healthcare services and women have felt the brunt of this with delays to fertility treatment, reduced access for contraceptive services and a shortage of certain menopause treatments. It’s vital benign gynaecological surgery is prioritised to help women return to work as the economy recovers. This strategy has come at a crucial time as we begin the path back to a post-pandemic world.”

Shai Gohir, RCOG Women’s Voices Lead, said: 

"We’re very pleased to see the government prioritise the health of women and girls by launching a new Women’s Health Strategy. It’s also a positive sign to see that women and girls are being encouraged to share their experiences of the health and care system as it’s vital the strategy has their voices at the heart of it. We’d encourage people to submit their experiences to the consultation.

"We’re aware from speaking with women and girls that currently the health care system does not meet their mental and physical health needs. Women and girls of a lower socioeconomic status and from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities lag even further behind and this has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. .  To improve services and raise standards of care, it is essential that the diverse experiences and requirements of women and girls inform and shape the proposed Women’s Health Strategy."

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Notes to Editors

For media enquiries please contact the RCOG press office on +44 (0)7986 183167 or email pressoffice@rcog.org.uk. 

Women and girls can share their experiences here.