DHSC was seeking views to help inform the development of the Government’s Women’s Health Strategy for England. The Call for Evidence was to inform the priorities, content and actions within the strategy to ensure it is evidence-based and reflects what women identify as priorities.
Dr Anne Connolly MBE, Chair of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum led the Forum’s response stating, “At the PCWHF, we believe that the time is right to change the future for all women. By addressing health inequalities, accessible information and education needs, focusing care and support on the life course and how a woman’s health changes through her life, we can improve lives and health outcomes.
“Localised, holistic services built around local women and addressing local need, delivered by trained multi-disciplinary teams is the future for women’s health care. We believe that this will not only improve lives, but also create savings for both the health system and the economy. Good women’s health benefits everyone.”
The PCWHF recognises that not everyone assigned female at birth or with female biological characteristics identifies as a woman, and that this is an important consideration in any future Women’s Health Strategy.
The PCWHF has made recommendations in the areas of:
- Placing women’s voices at the centre of their health and care
- Improving the quality and accessibility of information and education on women’s health
- Ensuring the health and care system understands and is responsive to women’s health and care needs across the life course
- Women’s health in the workplace
- Ensuring research, evidence and data support improvements in women’s health
- Understanding and responding to the impact of COVID-19 on women’s health.