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Feature Teenage Pregnancy

Has Britain solved its teenage pregnancy problem?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2561 (Published 14 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2561

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Re: Has Britain solved its teenage pregnancy problem?

Health planners are deluding themselves if they believe the dramatic fall in teenage pregnancy rates are attributable to any government initiatives, in the UK or elsewhere. Youth crime rates are falling equally dramatically and one explanation is the time teenagers are spending playing video games and using social networks. Large numbers of young people are spending their spare time on the internet and therefore avoiding the temptations of fighting, thieving, boozing and sexual experimentation.

John Bache FRCS
Retired consultant in emergency medicine

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 April 2014
John Bache
Retired consultant in emergency medicine
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oakwell, Bridgemere Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 7PL