The Department for Health has today launched a consultation on a new Women’s Health Strategy. The Government want to hear first-hand experiences of accessing healthcare, to identify and make recommendations on what steps need to be taken to ensure equal access to treatment.
Endometriosis UK is encouraged to see this much needed consultation take place, as Endometriosis Awareness Month and the All-Party-Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Endometriosis report released in October have both highlighted the urgent need for change. As part of our response, we will be calling on the Government to implement recommendations that will reduce diagnosis time and ensure access to a minimum level of treatment and support for all those with endometriosis.
There must be specific investigation into the additional barriers faced by those from under-represented groups including from the LGBTQ+ community, black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities, to tackle inequalities in access to care. We hope as many people as possible will submit their experiences of endometriosis treatment and what needs to change, and particularly encourage those from these communities to respond to the consultation.
We will be submitting a detailed response. Keep an eye on our social media and our e-newsletter for updates on how you can get involved and feed in your experience and views. With your help, we will make a strong case demonstrating the need for change and improvements in services for endometriosis, menstrual health, pain management and fertility.
Read the Government Press Release here