The country’s health and care system belongs to us all and it must serve us all. However, sadly, 51% of the population faces obstacles when it comes to getting the care they need. Although women in the UK on average live longer than men, women spend a significantly greater proportion of their lives in ill health and disability when compared with men. Not
enough focus is placed on women-specific issues like miscarriage or menopause, and women are under-represented when it comes to important clinical trials. This has meant
that not enough is known about conditions that only affect women, or about how conditions that affect both men and women impact them in different ways.
This is the government’s first Women’s Health Strategy for England and shows how it sets out to improve the way in which the health and care system listens to women’s voices, and boost health outcomes for women and girls. It takes a life course approach, focused on understanding the changing health and care needs of women and girls across their lives, from adolescents and young adults to later life.
It is a lengthy read but certainly an interesting one!