FSRH Position Statement on SRH provision in Primary Care in England
Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are commissioned in a complex and fragmented way in England, often making the system difficult for patients to navigate. Concurrently, Primary Care is expected to meet increased demand in a context of cuts to local SRH services, resulting in reduced access to contraception for many women. FSRH believes that General Practice teams should be supported to develop the skills and capacity to deliver additional SRH provision, particularly so that long-term progress in increased uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) is not compromised. We believe that decreased access to the full range of contraceptive methods is unacceptable.
All individuals should have easy and full access to the whole range of contraceptive methods available in the UK. We envision a country where there is patient-centred, integrated commissioning of SRH services across healthcare settings, with effective and consistent communication throughout the system enabling a smooth patient journey that does not represent a barrier to accessing contraception through Primary Care and local SRH services.