Abortion 'on the NHS': The National Health Service and abortion stigma

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/346785
Title:
Abortion 'on the NHS': The National Health Service and abortion stigma
Authors:
Astbury-Ward, Edna
Abstract:
Before the creation of the National Health Service (NHS), the health of the British nation was in a perilous state and hospitals survived on the philanthropy of rich benefactors. Following its introduction on 5 July 1948, the NHS was the biggest and most expensive social reform of the era.1 It was founded on three core principles: that it should meet the needs of everyone, that it should be free at the point of delivery, and that its use should be based on clinical need, not ability to pay. These principles govern the NHS today. The NHS should not discriminate against anyone who requires health care. Yet abortion care remains almost the only acute health need not comprehensively provided for within the NHS.2 In England and Wales in 2013, 98% (185 331) of all abortions were funded by the NHS,3 but only 34% of abortions took place in NHS settings. The majority were in the independent sector, funded by the NHS.4 This is in sharp contrast to Scotland, where in 2013 only 40 women out of 12 447 (0.3%) had their abortions in a non-NHS setting.5 The question is why?
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Astbury-Ward, E. (2015). Abortion 'on the NHS': The National Health Service and abortion stigma. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 41(3), 168-169. doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2014-101104
Publisher:
BMJ journals
Journal:
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
Publication Date:
5-Mar-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/346785
DOI:
10.1136/jfprhc-2014-101104
Additional Links:
http://jfprhc.bmj.com/; http://jfprhc.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/jfprhc-2014-101104
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is the final accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 2015.
ISSN:
1471-1893
EISSN:
2045-2098
Sponsors:
Funded by Research Capacity Building Collaboration & Welsh Assembly Government
Appears in Collections:
Clinical Sciences and Nutrition

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dc.contributor.authorAstbury-Ward, Ednaen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-17T14:20:33Zen
dc.date.available2015-03-17T14:20:33Zen
dc.date.issued2015-03-05en
dc.identifier.citationAstbury-Ward, E. (2015). Abortion 'on the NHS': The National Health Service and abortion stigma. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 41(3), 168-169. doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2014-101104en
dc.identifier.issn1471-1893en
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/jfprhc-2014-101104en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/346785en
dc.descriptionThis is the final accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 2015.en
dc.description.abstractBefore the creation of the National Health Service (NHS), the health of the British nation was in a perilous state and hospitals survived on the philanthropy of rich benefactors. Following its introduction on 5 July 1948, the NHS was the biggest and most expensive social reform of the era.1 It was founded on three core principles: that it should meet the needs of everyone, that it should be free at the point of delivery, and that its use should be based on clinical need, not ability to pay. These principles govern the NHS today. The NHS should not discriminate against anyone who requires health care. Yet abortion care remains almost the only acute health need not comprehensively provided for within the NHS.2 In England and Wales in 2013, 98% (185 331) of all abortions were funded by the NHS,3 but only 34% of abortions took place in NHS settings. The majority were in the independent sector, funded by the NHS.4 This is in sharp contrast to Scotland, where in 2013 only 40 women out of 12 447 (0.3%) had their abortions in a non-NHS setting.5 The question is why?en
dc.description.sponsorshipFunded by Research Capacity Building Collaboration & Welsh Assembly Governmenten
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBMJ journalsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://jfprhc.bmj.com/en
dc.relation.urlhttp://jfprhc.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/jfprhc-2014-101104en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Careen
dc.subjectabortionen
dc.subjectstigmaen
dc.titleAbortion 'on the NHS': The National Health Service and abortion stigmaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn2045-2098en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Careen
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