Update on Abortion Care from NHS England (NHSE)

Posted 4 April 2024

Date: 04 Apr 2024

Type: FSRH News and Information

We recently received a letter from Steve Russell, Chief Delivery Officer, and Professor Janice Rymer, Consultant Gynaecologist and National Speciality Advisor for Gynaecology at NHS England sent last month to Integrated Care Boards (ICBs). It provides an important update on the current provision of abortion services in England and requested actions by them to improve it.

The letter outlines that many abortion providers are facing “significant service pressures” which are delaying the delivery of care. For example, providers told NHS England that wait times for surgical abortions frequently do not meet NICE standards, often with waits being 3 weeks or longer. The letter warns that the abortion sector faces national and regional risks if the “fragility” in services is not addressed.

It outlines the NHS’s vision for improving the delivery of this “essential” service in England, and key actions for ICBs to complete by the end of July 2024 to ensure all women can access the abortion care they need.

Read the letter in full here