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Sexual health is another commissioning crisis

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 14 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h149
  1. Janette Clarke, president1,
  2. Elizabeth Carlin, vice president1
  1. 1British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, Macclesfield SK11 6DY, UK
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We were concerned to read the investigation on NHS contracting and the threats to complex service provision and training reported in ophthalmology and dermatology.1 2 A crucial service to the public to detect, treat, and prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is also in peril.

In April 2013, English local authorities became responsible for commissioning services for sexual health, HIV …

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