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The waiting game

Give GPs more sexual health cash, MPs say

GPs need bigger cash incentives to deliver contraceptive and sexual health services, a group of MPs is claiming.

The call comes after an all-parliamentary group survey found only 5% GP practices provided testing and diagnosis for sexually transmitted infections and 70% of women are denied choice from the full range of contraception methods.

The All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Choice and Sexual Health Group (APPG) report surveyed practices across 122 PCTs.

Their report Delivery of Sexual Health in Primary Care concluded GPs should be offered increased financial incen-tives to expand provision and to enable an ‘adequate number'' of practices to offer all 14 contraceptive methods.

Their report comes as the Association of Directors of Public Health have launched a stinging attack on PCTs, accusing them of siphoning off Choosing Health money to pay off debts

Dr Martyn Walling, a GP in Boston, Lincolnshire, said ‘Women are denied contraceptive methods because PCTs are not doing their job.

‘GPs want to provide these services but where are the incentives?' he said.

Dr Richard Ma, a member of the RCGP sex, drugs and HIV task group and GP in north London, said:

‘PCTs did have Choosing Health money for sexual health but they didn't use it for enhanced services. It's all available for PCTs to use we just have to get them to do it.'

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