The Government has set out its top priorities for the Women’s Health Strategy for 2024 which include menstrual problems, maternity care and birth trauma support. The Strategy was first launched in July 2022 setting out the Government’s 10-year commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of women and girls in England.
Announcing the update on the Women’s Strategy, Victoria Atkins, the health and social care secretary set out her aim to make women’s access to health care faster, simpler and fairer. She also confirmed the reappointment of Dame Lesley Regan as the Women’s Health Ambassador for another two years.
So, what is the five-point plan for women’s health. Victoria Atkins explained that it is:
- Maternity care that every mother can have faith in.
- Better care for menstrual problems.
- More women’s health hubs offering more treatments.
- Improving fairness and tackling inequalities and disparities.
- And more research into the health needs of women.
Supporting the strategy are women’s health hubs that every Integrated Care System will be required to set up and run. The ambition is for every ICS to have at least one hub and running and offering more treatments to help improve women’s health. Dame Lesley confirmed, in her recent appearance on BBC Four’s Women’s Hour, that the hubs will not necessarily be a place. They could, for example be a virtual triage with specialist expertise in women’s health.
Do get in touch if you require support with getting your women’s health hubs up and running. We can provide your Integrated Care Board or Trust Board with practical advice to help you set up a hub and develop it into an integral women’s health service.
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