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Women’s Health Taskforce for England is Launched

News 14 November 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care has today launched a Women’s Health Taskforce for England.

Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide, is jointly leading the Taskforce with Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

The RCOG believes that now is the time to develop a National Women’s Health Strategy. It very much welcomes the Taskforce, which will focus on significantly improving the health outcomes of girls and women in this country.

There is a particular focus on prevention across three key stages in a woman’s life - child health and adolescence, young adulthood, and middle age and later life.

Today, women represent 51% of the UK population and 44% of the workforce. They play a very influential role in the nation’s health, for example providing informal care to older relatives.

Yet they are disproportionately affected by inequalities in access to and quality of care. We’re determined to change this.

The Taskforce will explore how improvements can be made in each stage of girls’ and women’s lives to support them to remain healthy.

It will focus on the delivery of timely, sensitive and appropriate healthcare, raise awareness and break taboos around common health issues such as incontinence and menopause.

There will be a particular focus on improved shared decision making, partnership working and making sure that services are inclusive and compassionate and safe.

The Taskforce will also explore what opportunities there are to improve women’s health through the Government’s strategic focus on technology and Prevention.


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

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.