Slashed budgets and STIs: The painful truth about birth control services in Britain today

‘Very worrying for sexual health, as well as other services: Government announces £200m cuts to public health budget.’

So tweeted the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health last week, after George Osborne’s announcement that the Department of Health must make £200 million pounds worth of savings from public health budgets.

The news was met with alarm from the UK’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.

Already a ‘Cinderella service’, SRH care has historically been less well funded or supported than other areas of health, and often finds it hard to attract and retain staff.

The proposed cuts could make huge differences to whether you can get an appointment when you need it or even the contraceptive you want.

Full story in The Independent 16 June 2015