Sexual and Reproductive Health

RCGP position statement on the commissioning of sexual healthcare in England

The commissioning responsibility for sexual and reproductive healthcare in England has been fundamentally redesigned by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.  Procurement of enhanced contraceptive services, including those providing Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) in primary care, is now the responsibility of Local Authorities. The commissioning and funding responsibility for abortion and acute and chronic gynaecology services, remain with the CCGs while NHS England will commission contraception provided as an additional service under the GP contract. 

In March 2014 the RCGP issued a statement outlining our concerns that this could result in a loss of flexibility, continuity, holistic care, and accessibility and choice for patients, as well as leading to confusion and fragmentation of the service.

Read the RCGP's position statement on the commissioning of sexual healthcare in England [PDF]

Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Female Genital Mutilation: Written Evidence from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

On the 18 of February the RCGP submitted written evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into female genital mutilation (FGM).

The inquiry was launched on the 18 December 2013 in order to shed light on the effectiveness of the current legislation surrounding FGM, and what more could be done to both combat FGM and raise awareness of its prevalence.

Read the RCGP's written evidence submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee [PDF]

2010 Consensus statement: The role of the GP in maternity care 

In 2010 representatives of the RCGP, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) met to develop a consensus statement on the role of the GP in maternity care. 

Informed by the findings of a 2009 discussion paper published by The King’s Fund, the three Colleges agreed that GPs have an important role in maternity care, and those who wish to provide the care must maintain competence. In all other circumstances collaboration and communication between all members of the maternity team is crucial in delivering woman-centred care.

Read the Consensus statement on the role of the General Practitioner in Maternity Care [PDF]

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