Government Announces Plans To Improve Women’s Health

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The government has launched a call for evidence into women’s health, in the hopes of improving their understanding of women’s health and their experiences of accessing health care. 

The study will last for 12 weeks and encourages women from the age of 16 to share their experience and will look to ultimately ensure the health services are meeting the needs of women as well as improve health and wellbeing.

Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, said: “Improving women’s health, especially at older ages, is critical for a fair health and care system in the future,” The call for study can be completed no matter what device the user is using and for any woman, regardless of their sexuality or race. 

According to the Government, the biggest cause of death for adolescence girls is suicide, breast cancer in middle age and, dementia in older age. Meaning interactions with the health service vary massively depending on age. 

Women’s suicide rates continue to soar, in a report by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) in 2017, it was discovered services tackling mental health problems for women were absent from the Gov’s strategy at the time. 

Women’s suicide rates have been doubling over the years, while men’s rates remain high, women’s mental health has been and is being neglected. Hopefully, this call for evidence raises the issues in the health service for tackling women’s mental health and women’s health as a whole.

To take part in this call for evidence, visit the Gov website here.

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