Government Plans To Tackle NHS Gender Gap


After decades of “systemic” health disparities in England, the UK government released the first-ever edition women’s health NHS England’s strategy to address the gender health gap.

Although women in the UK live longer than men on average, ministers have stated that women in England spend “a much greater proportion of their lives in ill health and disability” than men. The 127-page strategy also states that women-specific issues, such as miscarriage and menopause, are not given enough attention, and women are often “underrepresented” in clinical trials.

government strategywhich is based on Spring 2021 Request for evidence which generated nearly 100,000 responses, pledged to introduce mandatory women’s health training for clinicians, increase funding and access to breast cancer screening, expand access to NHS fertility treatments, improve mental health services, and ensure women have access to high-quality health information, from Among other commitments.

“Our health and care system works only if it works for everyone,” Health and Social Care Minister Steve Barclay said in a statement, describing the publication of NHS England’s first-ever women’s health strategy as a “historic moment in entrenched inequality, improving health and well-being.” women across the country.

“It is not true that 51% of our population is denied access to the care they need, simply because of their gender,” Barclay continued.

Acknowledging that closing the gender health gap ‘won’t be easy’ Minister of Women’s Health Maria CaulfieldHe also made clear that the country needed to address “deep-rooted systemic issues” to ensure that women in England “receive the same standards of care as men”.

Caulfield added in a statement that achieving gender health equality in England cannot be achieved through health services alone. “I invite everyone who has the potential to positively impact women’s health – from employers to doctors and educators to industry – to join us on our journey,” she added.

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