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Improving Access to Contraception

Dawn Primarolo, Labour’s MP for Bristol South and the Public Health Minister, has announced £26.8 million funding to provide access to contraception, particularly amongst young people.  While the upwards trend has slowed in recent years, the United Kingdom still has a high level of teenage pregnancies. 

Commenting, Dawn said:

“This funding will enable local health authorities to set up pilots for innovative ways to provide access to contraception and sexual health advice.  It is a sensible and cost effective course of action – we know that, for every pound spent on contraception services, £11 of public money is saved in preventing unplanned pregnancies.” 

“This is particularly relevant to Bristol South, which has a much higher level of teenage mums than the national average.  Of course, the vast majority of these parents do a fantastic job in difficult circumstances, but we need to provide information to make sure that young people are able to make informed choices about their future.  I have recently written to both the Primary Care Trust and Local Education Authority to ask about their strategy for supporting young people and will continue to make enquiries.”

[8 February 2008]

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