I am concerned that those affected by endometriosis must wait, on average, 8 years for a diagnosis, after repeated visits to GPs and A&E. It is sadly a condition that people are forced to suffer with for a while before they can receive the care that they need.
This should not be the case.
I support Endometriosis UK’s campaign to end the stigma around endometriosis and to cut the diagnosis time.
I have written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, and asked him to work to reduce the average diagnosis time for endometriosis and you can see a copy of my letter below.
More widely, the Department of Health and Social Care has launched a 12-week call for evidence to better understand women’s experiences of the health and care system. The Government said this will form the basis for a new Women’s Health Strategy, to improve the health and wellbeing of women across England and place women’s voices at the centre of their care.
I hope that this initiative will be successful. Healthcare must work for every woman across the country. It is vital that Ministers close the gender health gap and ensure all women can access the treatment and services that they need.