Also in the press
Thursday, 26 April 2012
CONTRACEPTIVE PILL SHOULD BE GIVEN TO GIRLS OF 13 WITHOUT DOCTOR'S PRESCRIPTION
The Times (p14), The Daily Telegraph (p10), the Daily Mail (p20) report that according to a NHS report, girls as young as 13 should be given the contraceptive pill by chemists without a doctor's prescription or parental permission.
"Some health authorities have held pilot schemes which cut out doctors when providing the pill, arguing it is a good way to reduce teenage pregnancies. They have recommended the schemes be introduced throughout the country, and have been supported by the government," says the Telegraph.
The Department of Health said pharmacies should be able to supply the pill to under-16s as long as the proper safeguards were in place, and noted that it was up to local health authorities to decide if they wish to implement the scheme.
UK'S HEALTH SERVICE MAY PAY MILLIONS FOR MISSED CANCER DIAGNOSIS
The Daily Telegraph (p16) says: "A physicist who claims that a failure by doctors to spot her cancer symptoms blighted her prospects of a lucrative City career is seeking damages from the NHS that could eventually total more than 30 million pounds."