A bpas spokesperson said:
“It is disappointing that a significant minority of women are struggling to access contraception.
“While we absolutely must secure adequate funding for family planning clinics, extending the role of community pharmacists and the range of contraceptive methods that they are able to provide could also improve women’s access. Pilot schemes across the UK have demonstrated that pharmacy-based access to the contraceptive pill is safe and effective, and a recent LSE study also found that the majority of women believe that they should be able to obtain regular contraceptive methods directly from their pharmacist. Removing barriers that prevent women obtaining emergency contraception at pharmacies, such as the clinically unnecessary consultation which adds to the overall price of the product, could also alleviate some of the pressure on family planning services and free-up appointments for women in need of a full contraceptive consultation.”
For more information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 061 3377, 07788 725185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.