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An ambassador for women

10 February 2022
Volume 31 · Issue 3

In England, there is to be a Women's Health Ambassador appointed by the Government (Department of Health and Social Care, 2021). The aim of this appointment, along with a women's health strategy, is to help ‘reset the dial’ on years of gender health inequality experienced by 51% of our population, who can face difficulties in accessing the care or information they need.

A call for evidence was made in March 2021. Women and girls in England were asked to share their experiences of the health system, as part of a Government strategy to address inequalities. Over 110 000 responses were made to the public survey; 97 307 of these responses were from individuals who wanted to share their own experiences, or those of a family member, friend or partner, or their thoughts as a health or care professional. There were also over 400 written responses. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) made its reply, noting that women's healthcare does not always receive the attention it deserves, even though there are various reports and studies available, as well as the impact it has not only on women but on all of society (RCN, 2021).

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