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Tens of thousands of under-age girls given long-acting NHS contraceptives



More than 5,000 girls, aged 15 and under, are being given 'long-acting' contraceptive implants every year on the NHS without the need for parental consent.


More than 33,000 girls under the age of consent have been given contraceptive implants and injections on the NHS over the past four years, The Telegraph can disclose.


Official figures obtained by this newspaper show the extent to which NHS sexual health clinics are giving “long-acting” contraceptives to girls aged 15 and below – even though under-age sex is illegal. The implants and injections are given without the need for parental consent.


Campaigners last night warned that the widespread use of “long- acting” contraceptives was putting vulnerable girls at increased risk of abuse.


The figures, compiled by the Government’s Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), show that 5,400 girls under 16 were given the contraceptive implant in the year ending March 31 2014. Of those, 1,800 were aged 14 or under.


In the same period, 3,000 teenage girls aged 15 and under received a hormonal injection to prevent pregnancies. Of those, 800 were just 14 and under.


In total, over the past four years, the NHS dispensed contraceptive implants to 21,700 girls who are legally too young to have sex, while a further 12,100 girls under 16 were given injections – a total of more than 33,000.


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The official figures also showed that 12,700 girls aged 15 were given the contraceptive pill in 2013-14. A further 5,900 girls aged 14 and under were also prescribed the pill in sexual health clinics.


Implants and injections are often preferred to the pill by health professionals because it removes the problem of girls getting pregnant when they have forgotten to take oral contraceptives.


The contraceptive implant is a tube about 40mm long that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm, that releases progestogen to stop the release of an egg from the ovary. It lasts for three years.


Makers of the leading implants, Nexplanon, said the contraceptive’s efficacy had been established only in women aged between 18 and 40. Injections are effective for up to 13 weeks. Like implants, the injections contain progestogen.


Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: “To provide long-acting reversible contraceptives to girls under the age of 16 is to give them a licence to engage in illegal sexual activity and to deny them the protection that the law on the age of consent is intended to give.


“Not only are these community contraceptive clinics condoning unlawful sexual activity and undermining parents, but they are also placing young teenagers at risk of sexually transmitted infections, emotional harm and abuse.”


The charity is calling for a review of “professional attitudes” towards under-age sex. “The law on the age of consent exists for good reason – to protect young people. Where it is ignored, children are exposed to risk,” he said.


Philippa Taylor, of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said: “A girl who is 15 or less is still a child.


“For professionals to facilitate it [sex] for such young girls, behind parents’ backs, is unprofessional, irresponsible and morally wrong. It utterly undermines parental responsibility and opportunity to protect their children, and exposes them to harm and risk.”


She said the scale of the figures suggested that the Government was “tacitly condoning, even encouraging” the sexualisation of under-age children.


Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said: “The increased use of these more effective methods of contraception are making a significant contribution to the number of abortions for young girls going down.”


Mrs Furedi added: “Contraception and abortion are simply not the problem. They are technical solutions that allow people to avoid the unwanted consequences of having sex.


"It is simply the case that in the society we live in sex is no longer seen as something that is saved up for when you get married or for the man you think you are going to be committed to for the rest of your life.


“For many young people it is seen as a transition into adult life.”


Mrs Furedi pointed out that abortion rates for under 16s had dropped dramatically in a decade from 3.7 abortions per 1,000 girls in 2004 to 2.5 per 1,000 in 2014.





By Robert Mendick


The Telegraph,  Sunday 26 July 2015




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DH 'told workforce review to ignore GP numbers'



A major review of the primary care workforce was asked not to make any recommendations on GP numbers, as the Government has claimed it was not needed.


The chair of the review has told Pulse he was told not to focus on GP staffing levels following discussions between the Department of Health and Health Education England, who commissioned the report.


This was despite the health secretary at the RCGP conference in October last year promising the review would be an ‘independent study’ on what GPs were required ‘area by area’.


The DH told Pulse that staffing data were published last month on the NHS England website - although Pulse has reported there there are concerns around the accuracy of these data, and the GPC has called for them to be withdrawn.


Mr Hunt made a pre-election commitment that a Conservative government would create an additional 5,000 new GPs – a commitment he has since rolled back on, saying it is now only the ‘maximum’ that will be recruited.


The Primary Care Workforce Commission report, released last week, made a ‘note’ of this committment, but made no concrete recommendations on the GP workforce.


Instead, it largely focussed on recommending other non-GP roles - such as physician associates or pharmacists - who could ease the pressure on GP workloads. 


In an exclusive interview with Pulse, the chair of the commission, Professor Martin Roland, professor of health sciences at the University of Cambridge, told Pulse that the number of GPs was ‘never in our terms of reference’.


He said: ‘There was a lot of discussion about whether at ought to be, or not, and a decision was made – not by me, between Health Education England and DH - that that was not going to be part of our terms of reference.’


He added that simply recruiting 5,000 more GPs was not enough, and that they should be targeted at underdoctored areas and given more than financial incentives to stay.


He said: ‘That means providing doctors with a feeling that they will get good working lives, that they won’t be isolated, that they’ll be supported and there will be good ongoing education and opportunities.’





By  Alex Matthews-King



Pulse, Monday 27 July 2015

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Over-65s are most at risk of developing epilepsy

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Less than 30% of GPs willing to employ physician assistants

Less than a third of GPs would be prepared to employ physician assistants, despite the Government promoting them as a way of solving the GP recruitment crisis, a Pulse survey has revealed.

Tax sugary drinks by 20%, say doctors

An extra 20% tax on sugary drinks should be introduced to tackle the obesity crisis, the British Medical Association says.

Bird flu confirmed on Lancashire farm

All birds at poultry farm being culled as 10km surveillance zone and 3km protection zone put in place after H7N7 strain found, which can infect people

Physician associates may be given prescribing powers, says DH

The Government is considering whether physician associates should be given prescribing powers as part of its ‘new deal’ to relieve the pressures on GPs, Pulse has learnt.

Could a videogame helps you lose weight in just a week?

Researchers have developed an online video game that claims to help players shed the pounds.

Ageing rates vary widely, says study

A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age.

Chronic depression shrinks brain's memories and emotions

Global study finds the more episodes of depression, the greater the reduction in hippocampus size, but it was very likely damage was reversible

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