Investment in contraception services fails to reach frontline

Additional investment in contraception services is not always reaching the frontline, according to a survey.

Almost half of the 20 PCTs which took part either received none or only some of the additional funding for frontline services, according to sexual health service provider Brook and charities fpa and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Those which received no funding mentioned that their PCT was wither overspent or in deficit.

In 2008 the DoH announced an extra £26.8m investment in contraception services. The charity coalition undertook a spending review between March and May 2009 to get an indication of how the extra money was being spent.

Simon Blake, Brook's national director, said: ‘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 under-18 conception rate increased from 40.9 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15-17 in 2006 to 41.9 in 2007.

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