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Contraception hotline comes under attack

A GP has leapt to the defence of a new telephone hotline offering teenagers urgent GP appointments for emergency contraception after it came under fire on the eve of its launch.

The Daily Mail claimed the North Tyneside PCT scheme, to be launched next month, would make the morning-after Pill 'even easier for children to access'.

But Dr George Rae, chair of the PCT professional executive committee and of the BMA's representative body, said: 'It is not just a case of handing out pills to youngsters, it is not changing the availability of the morning-after Pill and it is not something that is going to encourage promiscuous behaviour.'

He said the scheme could reduce GP workload by cutting levels of teenage pregnancy and STDs. The hotline will allow teenagers who suspect they could be pregnant to use their mobile phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to make an urgent appointment.

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