Ongoing cuts to sexual health services will cost UK economy billions, says report

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 30 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f641
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

If cuts to sexual health services being made as part of ongoing efficiency savings in the public sector continue, the UK economy could be lumbered with billions of pounds in additional health and social care costs and lost tax revenues by 2020, claims a joint report.

Unprotected Nation,1 from the sexual health charities Brook and the Family Planning Association, was commissioned amid mounting concern that the squeeze on public sector finances and changes in commissioning structures had curbed access to sexual health and contraceptive services across the United Kingdom.

The …

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