Stop falling numbers of ‘vital’ school nurses, says RCOG

07 February 2020

Invest more in school nurses and reverse the fall in their numbers. That is the new recommendation from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

In its new report, Better for women, the RCOG also raises concerns on the ‘vital’ role school nurses play in encouraging uptake of the human papillomavirus vaccine, as well as providing education and advice around relationships, sex and health.

The report includes results of a survey of more than 3000 women, which found poor access to basic local women’s health services: 37% of women are unable to access contraception services and 60% of women cannot access unplanned pregnancy services. Half of women are unable to access sexually transmitted infection services, and 56% of women are unable to seek help for menstrual health issues such as heavy or painful periods.