Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs, said:
“We very much welcome this letter from Sharon Hodgson MP and her Labour colleagues.
“It is absolutely scandalous that Boots have failed to deliver on the clear pledge they made to roll out cheaper emergency contraception in all their stores. There can be absolutely no excuse for their pathetically slow pace of progress, other than the fact that they simply do not want to provide women with an affordable product.
“If Boots cannot “source” a new version of emergency contraception to sell at a lower price, then they should do the right thing and cut the price of the version they currently have in stock. Regardless of “supply chain delays”, affordable emergency contraception is entirely within their gift to give right now – and every day they refuse to do so, more women are being ripped off, or risking an unplanned pregnancy because they cannot afford Boots’ inflated pricetag.
“Boots have ignored the voices of healthcare professionals, their customers, and women. We hope that this appeal from members of parliament is the last time Boots have to be told to live up to their promises and their supposed commitment to women’s wellbeing.”
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Notes to Editors:
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.