Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th February 2022.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Shadow Minister (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) resilience of abortion services and (b) timely access to care in the event that (i) there are future pressures on health services as a result of the covid-19 outbreak and (ii) permissions that allow for telemedical abortion care ended.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department is aware that there are a number of pressures on abortion services. We continue to work closely with the sector to ensure women are able to access abortion services.

We are developing a new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy to improve reproductive health outcomes and wellbeing. The Strategy will include a focus on improving information and access to contraception, to support women to make informed choices about their reproductive health.

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