Women in Stretford and Urmston are being encouraged to share their experiences, as well as their priorities, to help shape the first ever government-led Women’s Health Strategy, designed to increase the health and wellbeing outcomes of women in England.
Kate Green is urging women, carers, clinicians and local organisations to respond to the call for evidence before it closes on Sunday 13 June to help shape the future of women’s healthcare.
With over 65,000 responses already, there has been an incredible reaction to the call for evidence. Women of all ages and backgrounds are being asked to respond in order to capture the varying health issues women experience over their lives and the significant differences between women and men in terms of access to services, experience of services and health outcomes.
Early analysis shows women from Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and over-50s are under-represented in sharing their experiences – this representation is necessary to ensure the strategy works for all women.
Kate Green, the MP for Stretford and Urmston, said: “It would be great if as many woman as possible in Stretford and Urmston came forward and respond to this call for evidence. It is important to hear the experiences and priorities of as many woman as possible, from all walks of life, so the government can develop a strategy which works for everyone and reflects all of the health issues that women face.”
As well as health issues specific to women, the strategy will look at the different ways in which women experience health issues that affect both women and men. Women with health conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions, osteoarthritis, are also being urged to share how their condition has affected them.
The call for evidence seeks to examine experiences of the whole health and care system, including mental health, addiction services and neurological conditions as well as issues relating specifically to women such as gynaecological conditions, menopause and pregnancy and post-natal support
The call for evidence has been designed to be user friendly, quick to fill in and easily accessible from people’s mobiles. People who live with and care for women, organisations with experience of providing services for women and those with an expertise in women’s health are also encouraged to share their views.