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Contraception restrictions could cost NHS billions

6th February 2013

A joint report authored by a sexual health charity and the Family Planning Association has warned that restrictions to contraceptive services could cost the health service £125 billion in less than a decade.


The report, Unprotected Nation, was written by the FPA and Brook's sexual health charity. It said restricting access to sexual health care could cause over 90,000 more sexually transmitted infection by 2020.

It said the number of abortions could increase by 22,000 and more STIs could increase the amount the health service had to spend by £314 million.

Simon Blake OBE, Brook’s chief executive, said: "The national sexual health and teenage pregnancy strategies have ended and the NHS is under intense pressure to make savings. This report makes it very clear just how short-sighted restrictions to contraception services are."

Dr Audrey Simpson OBE, FPA’s acting chief executive, said: "If national and local government ignore the warnings and continue stripping away services, advice and information, the bleak predictions in this report will come true."

She added: "Unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections have obvious costs to people’s health, but the financial costs to the NHS are also real." 

The report explained that the NHS could save £5 billion by 2020 if it improved access to sexual health care. 


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