|Last year you will remember I invited constituents from across Aldridge-Brownhills to feed into the Government’s Women’s Health Strategy for England. The Strategy is a 10-year ambition to boost the health and wellbeing of women and girls.
The Government has not set our out priorities for the first year and these include expanding women’s health hubs to improve access to services, improving information so that women and girls better understand what to expect from their health throughout their life and the gaps and barriers women face with long-term health conditions.
We will develop a pregnancy loss certificate for parents who experience a loss before 24 weeks and progress access to fertility provision across Integrated Care Boards. The Health Strategy also aims, in the first year, to support women’s health in the workplace and access to HRT reducing the cost to one single yearly payment.
These initial priorities along with extra funding for the Health and Wellbeing Fund and the allocation of £10 million for the NHS breast screening programme show our commitment to making progress across all areas of the Women’s Health Strategy.
Understandably there is a lot of interest in this, and I am pleased that the Minister has committed to update Parliament annually on progress.