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Whilst the investigation paper made accurate but depressing reading, I was concerned to see that the author made very little reference to the concomitant cuts in contraceptive provision. This is a huge issue for public services, not only health. Every unwanted pregnancy brings with it emotional, relationship and mental health stresses as well as economic strain for the individuals concerned as well as local authorities. Cutting money from contraceptive services does not make economic sense either. For every £1 spent on contraceptive care, £11 is saved on health costs alone.1
This alarming policy is going to deliver consequences that the United Kingdom will have to manage for many years to come. Contraception is vital for the health and wellbeing of women and the survival of modern society in its current shape. It is cheap, effective and well used.2 Wealthy women may access private services; where will women from deprived backgrounds turn?