Local MP Alan Mak MP encouraging women across the Havant Constituency to come forward and share their experiences through the Government’s consultation to reshape the future of women’s healthcare.
The first of its kind, the Women’s Health Strategy will address women’s health in England over the course of their lifetimes from adolescence through to older age. It will focus on health issues specific to women as well as the ways in which women experience health issues.
The 6 core themes included in the call for evidence are placing women’s voices at the centre of their health and care; improving the quality and accessibility of information and education on women’s health; ensuring the health and care system understands and is responsive to women’s health and care needs across the life course; maximising women’s health in the workplace; ensuring that research, evidence and data support improvements in women’s health; and understanding and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on women’s health.
There has already been an incredible response to the call for evidence, with over 75,000 women, organisations, clinicians and carers responding so far.
However, responses from the South East make up just 21% per cent of the total responses so far – meaning women across the South East may not be properly represented in the new strategy.
To enable as many women as possible to have their say and capture a variety of views on access to services, experiences and health outcomes, the call for evidence will be now extended and closes on 13 June 2021.
Alan Mak MP said: “I encourage women across the Havant Constituency to come forward and share their experiences, so together we can deliver fairer, more equal and better healthcare for everyone in this country as we re-shape the NHS after Coronavirus”.
Dr Hannah Morgan, a GP based at Hayling Island Health Centre, said: “I hope women from our area will share their experiences so their views are heard by the Government and NHS. The new Women’s Health Strategy will address women’s health in England from adolescence through to older age, bringing a more joined-up approach to how the NHS serves women.”
Minister for Women’s Health Nadine Dorries said: “The number of responses to date has been incredible and I thank everyone who has shared their experiences. I now urge every woman in the Havant Constituency to come forward and respond to the call for evidence. It is only by hearing the experiences and priorities of women from all walks of life that we can truly develop a strategy that works for all women.”