Confidentiality, contraception, and young people

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6924.342c (Published 29 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:342
  1. V Gillick
  1. Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1NJ.

    EDITOR, - The recent guidelines to doctors1 referred to by Gabriel Scally2 perpetuate the myth that most underage girls obtain contraceptives from family planning clinics.

    Nine years ago a survey of general practitioners revealed that doctors were providing contraceptives to between 2-12 girls a year.3 On a national level this meant that, at the very least, 60 000 schoolgirls (one in six) were being prescribed the pill by their general practitioners, at a time when only 18 000 were attending family planning clinics.

    My experience as a parent of …

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