UK can't cope with sexual health needs
- By: Mareeni Raymond
The NHS in the United Kingdom is struggling to cope with a rise in sexually transmitted infections, a report by the health committee of the House of Commons has shown. The report says that NHS resources are not being used adequately, despite a rapid increase in diagnosed sexually transmitted infections. Last year the number of people diagnosed with HIV increased by a quarter, while people diagnosed with Chlamydia increased by 10%.
Committee chairman and Labour MP David Hinchliffe said: “I do not use the word lightly, but during the course of the inquiry, it has become plain that with sexual health we are looking at a public health crisis.”
The report says that many sexual health clinics are understaffed and use out of date equipment. Despite an NHS “Strategy for sexual health,” the report says that sexual health is under-funded.
They say that new guidelines are needed to prioritise sexual