After decades of ‘sexist’ health care for women in the NHS, the first-ever Women’s Health Strategy for England has been published. It will increase understanding of female-specific conditions such as endometriosis and pregnancy loss.
It sets bold ambitions to tackle deep-rooted systemic issues within the health and care system and will reset how it listens to women.
Changes include the introduction of mandatory specific teaching and assessment on women’s health for health professionals from 2024-25, and £10m for 25 new mobile breast screening units for areas with the lowest screening uptake.
Minister for women’s health Maria Caulfield said: ‘Tackling the gender health gap will not be easy – [we must] ensure women receive the same standards of care as men, universally and by default. This strategy is the start of that journey.’
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