The Department of Health may look at ensuring that contraception advice has to be provided at maternity departments, as it now must be by abortion providers.
Andrea Duncan, Programme Manager for Sexual Health and HIV at the DH, told the Westminster Health Forum on the government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, that the government would ‘look at’ introducing a similar clause in contracts for maternity services to one that applies for abortion services.
From April last year the standard NHS contract for abortion services stipulated that providers must offer the full range of contraception services to women undergoing abortion.
The DH is now working with commissioners to provide an agreed standard for providing contraception at abortion clinics.
Ms Duncan also told the forum that the DH is working to identify the link between alcohol misuse and teenage pregnancy.
She said that three universities in England were looking at the success of brief interventions following alcohol-related incidents on sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancy, and she said the Department was carrying out a ‘scoping exercise’ with SHAs to identify good practice in tackling the link between alcohol abuse and teenage pregnancy.