To mark International Women’s Day 2021, the government has announced a new Women’s Health Strategy for England.
The government is launching a 12-week call for evidence to better understand women’s experiences of the health and care system, with all women urged to share their experiences.
They promise that the strategy that emerges from this consultation will set an 'ambitious and positive new agenda to improve health and wellbeing and ensure health services are meeting the needs of women'.
'Works for everyone'
Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, said: 'The healthcare system needs to work for everyone, and we must address inequalities which exist within it'.
Martin Tod, Chief Executive of the Men's Health Forum, commented:
We're confident that a new DHSC Women's Health Strategy will show the power of gender-responsive health care - and very strongly support it. We'd encourage anyone with research or personal evidence that can inform their strategy to respond to their consultation.
From our own perspective, it's great news that the Government has finally accepted that sex and gender play a critical role in healthcare and that policies are needed to address them: the case for a men's health strategy is now unanswerable.
The Government's announcement makes clear that the health system doesn't do a good enough job addressing women's particular health needs and their decision to address this is very welcome. The same is evidently clear for men, and the sooner that this is addressed and a date set for a men's health strategy to go alongside the one for women, the better for everyone - men and women alike.