Health written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Laura Moffatt Laura Moffatt PPS (Rt Hon Alan Johnson, Secretary of State), Department for Education and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to promote awareness of long acting contraceptives; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The Government recognise the importance of women having access to the full range of contraceptive methods. A guideline has been developed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) and this emphasized the cost effectiveness of currently available LARC methods.

We will be issuing best practice guidance on reproductive healthcare this spring which will include further guidance on improving access to LARCs.

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