New NHS Report to Tackle Growing teenage Pregnancy Rates

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In context to the same, a latest NHS report is suggesting no strict rule of any prior doctor consultation for girls as young as 13 to get a contraceptive pill from a pharmacy.

Until now, the guidelines were suggesting consultation with a GP prior opting for a contraceptive pill as they are accompanied with several side effects like blood clotting etc. The guidelines aim to lessen the risks of unwanted pregnancies among teenagers under the legal age of consent.

But a pilot project has confirmed certain street pharmacies across Britain not abiding the guidelines. Reports are confirming that contraceptive pills are being normally handed over to girls aged 16 by five high street pharmacies in the London districts of Southwark and Lambeth without any doctor’s consultation.

Review of the above project was carried out by NHS South East London and was reported in the Daily Mail in December 2009. Review is recommending expansion of the services across London and nationally.

The review added: “Consider providing the service to women under 16 years where appropriate. This may help contribute to a reduction in teenage pregnancies”.

Officials at the Department of Health have left the decision of expansion, over every individual NHS trust if they favor to adopt similar schemes or up to what age group.

No national guidelines will be issued, said the officials but an effort to serve the purpose has already been initiated by several chemists in two primary care trust areas, who have started providing the Pills to girls as young as 13 to tackle growing teenage pregnancy rates.