Friday, 26 February 2010
Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy a Failure
I wasn't going to use the above cartoon as an introduction to this post but decided it was perhaps appropriate after all.
Labour's ten year stategy, costing millions of pounds, to cut the number of teenage pregnancies in Britain has failed to make any serious impact - a considerable embarrassment after the £280 million spent on initiatives they promised would transform thousands of young people's lives.
They blame some local authorities for not implementing the strategy well and accuse some GP surgeries, clinics and pharmacies of failing to make young people welcome when they turn up for advice.
Canada and the US have recorded a marked reduction in teenage pregnancies in the past 25 years yet Britain continues to have the highest rate in Europe.
The government's solution, to be announced today, will be more access to long-acting contraception such as implants and injection and phone texts to remind girls to use contraceptives. The mind boggles!
Could a return to the days of the cartoon be more effective? It worked for many women of my age.