Health: Females

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd August 2022.

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what impact Integrated Care Systems will have on improving women’s health.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Integrated care systems (ICSs) will strengthen partnerships between the National Health Service, local authorities and partners. The recently published Women’s Health Strategy for England recommends that ICSs take the Strategy’s ambitions and actions into account when developing local strategies and plans.

Integrated care boards (ICBs) must have regard to the need to reduce inequalities in access and outcomes of health services, including the quality of experience of patients. This will address health disparities between men and women and between groups of women. In five year plans, ICBs must set out proposals to address the particular needs of victims of abuse, including domestic and sexual abuse.

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