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Contraception services need more funding, say charities

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Contraception services are not always benefiting from additional Department of Health spending, according to a survey.

Sexual health provider Brook and the charities FPA and Terrence Higgins Trust report that many health trusts polled have received no additional funding at all.

Brook’s national director Simon Blake says: “It is essential that funding finds its way to local areas where the need is greatest, and this is simply not happening consistently.

“In order to ensure the national strategy is delivered locally, PCTs must ensure that funding is used as it was intended now to prevent greater costs in the longer term.”

The tripartite coalition looked at spending between March and May 2009 to find out how the extra £26.8m pledged by the DH is being spent.

It found that those trusts that received no funding were either overspent or in deficit on their contraception services.

Pregnancy rates among women aged 15 to 17 have increased from 40.9 per 1,000 in 2006 to 41.9 in 2007.

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