Schools to decide contraceptive policy

Schools to decide contraceptive policy

Schools to decide contraceptive policy

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HEADTEACHERS and governors will be left to decide if Oxfordshire’s new school nurses can hand out morning-after pills in advance.

Last week the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommended that emergency contraception is provided free and in advance to girls and women up to the age of 25 in case they need it.

In the proposals, Nice said nurses including school nurses and pharmacists should be able to offer free emergency contraceptive pills as part of a push to reduce teenage pregnancy rates in England.

Every secondary school in Oxfordshire is to have its own permanent school nurse based on site under a £1.55m scheme unveiled by the county council.

Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles, cabinet member for public health, said providing the morning-after pill in advance “will be something that they discuss with the headteachers and governors about what that school wants”.

Council spokesman Owen Morton added: “School nurses – as qualified health professionals – will be in a position to provide sexual health advice, make appropriate referrals and, where supported by the policy of individual schools, to supply emergency contraception on the basis of individual assessments and national guidelines.”

Prof Mike Kelly, director of the centre for public health at Nice, said: “It is really important that sexual health services offering information and advice can be found in places where young people have access to them.

“Evidence clearly shows that the availability of contraception reduces the rate of unwanted pregnancies.”

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3:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

The New Private Eye says...

With each teenage pregnancy costing well over £400,000 in benefit payments to the mother/landlord/coun
cil tax etc, without other extra payments, and loss of tax and NI contributions to the central pot over 16 years. There should not even be a discussion over giving out a pill. They should be available in every local shop no questions asked.
With each teenage pregnancy costing well over £400,000 in benefit payments to the mother/landlord/coun cil tax etc, without other extra payments, and loss of tax and NI contributions to the central pot over 16 years. There should not even be a discussion over giving out a pill. They should be available in every local shop no questions asked. The New Private Eye
  • Score: 5

6:13pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
With each teenage pregnancy costing well over £400,000 in benefit payments to the mother/landlord/coun

cil tax etc, without other extra payments, and loss of tax and NI contributions to the central pot over 16 years. There should not even be a discussion over giving out a pill. They should be available in every local shop no questions asked.
Shame they weren't available when your mother was considering you with that attitude.
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: With each teenage pregnancy costing well over £400,000 in benefit payments to the mother/landlord/coun cil tax etc, without other extra payments, and loss of tax and NI contributions to the central pot over 16 years. There should not even be a discussion over giving out a pill. They should be available in every local shop no questions asked.[/p][/quote]Shame they weren't available when your mother was considering you with that attitude. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -2

12:55pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Severian says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
The New Private Eye wrote:
With each teenage pregnancy costing well over £400,000 in benefit payments to the mother/landlord/coun


cil tax etc, without other extra payments, and loss of tax and NI contributions to the central pot over 16 years. There should not even be a discussion over giving out a pill. They should be available in every local shop no questions asked.
Shame they weren't available when your mother was considering you with that attitude.
Still living in the 19th Century Sandy ?
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: With each teenage pregnancy costing well over £400,000 in benefit payments to the mother/landlord/coun cil tax etc, without other extra payments, and loss of tax and NI contributions to the central pot over 16 years. There should not even be a discussion over giving out a pill. They should be available in every local shop no questions asked.[/p][/quote]Shame they weren't available when your mother was considering you with that attitude.[/p][/quote]Still living in the 19th Century Sandy ? Severian
  • Score: 1

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