We welcome the new Women’s Health Strategy for England to improve the very real inequalities in women’s health.  

Thank you to all our members and supporters who shared your experiences and suggestions. These contributed to the submission we made on behalf of thyroid patients as part of the consultation process. 

It is encouraging to see the Strategy’s priorities include the following, which should help improve the outcomes for women with thyroid disease: 

  • Healthy ageing and long-term conditions
  • Fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss and postnatal support 
  • Menopause 
  • Cancers 
  • Mental health and wellbeing 

As symptoms of thyroid disease are often missed or confused with other health problems, it is particularly encouraging to see the Strategy has recognised women’s feedback around the lack of understanding and awareness of women’s health conditions amongst some healthcare professionals. So, we welcome the Strategy’s commitment to provide more training for medical students and trainee doctors on women’s health issues and the plan to improve the quality and availability of women’s health information. 

We look forward to working with the Women's Health Commissioner, Dame Lesley Regan, to fulfil the Strategy's ambition of growing partnerships with voluntary organisations like ours to provide high-quality and up-to-date information on women’s health. We hope these measures, and others outlined in the Strategy, will translate into the real improvement of treatment and care for the many women in England affected by thyroid disease 

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