All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health

Wellbeing of Women attended the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health last Wednesday at Portcullis House in Westminster London.

Women are not being treated with the appropriate respect and sensitivity according to MPs and health campaigners who together are launching a new All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health.

The Group of MPs and Peers have launched the new Group with an open letter from the chair, Paula Sherriff MP, to Jeremy Hunt and the National Clinical Director for Women’s Health, Matthew Jolly, asking them to help “instill a culture where poor practice is challenged and the dignity of women is never side-lined.”

The Group’s Chair, Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff, has set up the Group after poor NHS experience during her own health episodes, and now wants to campaign to ensure women do not suffer unnecessary distress and are able to make informed choices about their own healthcare.

Attending the launch were a number of patient group representatives, and other relevant stakeholders together with MP’s and celebrities including Katie Piper, television presenter and founder of the Katie Piper Foundation, feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, and TV journalists and presenters Angela Rippon and Victoria Derbyshire.

Paula Sherriff MP 3Paula Sherriff stated:

 “It is not acceptable that in 21st Century Britain, women are not treated with appropriate sensitivity and respect in our NHS. The NHS does an excellent job looking after us, but a universal culture should be adopted across the service where dignity is the key word.

“I am hearing of so many examples of where women are not offered the appropriate care for conditions that affect their self-esteem and well-being each and every day. Health outcomes for women are often poorer than men and there is a lack of awareness of many conditions that affect only women.

“I hope that our open letter to Jeremy Hunt and NHS England calling for this culture shift, and the launch of this Group, serves as notice that MPs are determined to campaign for an NHS where women are able to make confident informed choices about their own health and they are supported with respect and dignity.”