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British Pregnancy Advisory Service comment on publication of 'A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England'

BPAS welcomes the publication of ‘The Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England’. 

As commissioning of sexual health services moves to Local Authorities, with abortion services moving to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), it is an anxious time for third sector providers. It is more important han ever that there is top-down advice and support for commissioners trying to provide local communities with the care they need. Our hope is that this document sends a clear message that sexual health services must be available and accessible to all but beyond that there must be more detailed guidance for local authorities and CCGs on how to commission sexual health services effectively.

BPAS is delighted to see the acknowledgement that the support offered to women considering abortion by the independent sector is already in line with best practice guidance. We have always known that attempts to reform counselling were driven by a political agenda rather than the needs of women and it is very reassuring to see this recognised by the Department of Health.