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£11m for sexual health

The Government has responded to damning Health Select Committee criticism of England's sexual health services by ploughing a further £11 million into improvements.

Ministers also last week announced plans to include sexual health in PCT star ratings by 2005 at the latest.

The Department of Health said last week it shared the committee's 'deep concerns' about the poor state of sexual health in England, voiced in its June report. But it rejected calls for a national service framework for sexual health.

Some £5 million of the new funding will be spent on the switch to non-invasive chlamydia testing, £1 million on contraception services, and £5 million on genitourinary services.

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