This yr marks the centenary of some women getting the best to vote and I’m proud to have been elected because the 419th feminine MP.
Before getting into Parliament, I labored as a full time most cancers analysis nurse on the Royal Marsden Hospital for over 20 years, specialising within the subject of breast most cancers analysis. My mom was additionally a nurse and enhancing our health service has all the time been a problem near my coronary heart and is what motivated me to turn out to be an MP and add my voice to those who might instil change.
I care passionately about healthcare, and I’m pleased with what this Government has executed for feminine healthcare, bringing to the forefront some health issues which have typically been stigmatised and other people have shied away from discussing.
We are visibly shifting the dial and breaking down obstacles. Earlier this yr, I used to be glad to listen to the Prime Minister talking at Prime Ministers Questions encouraging younger women to not postpone going for a smear check. It is thru these open and public discussions that younger women and women can have the arrogance and instruments to speak about their health. Cancer has touched most individuals’s lives indirectly or one other and virtually everybody has sadly been saddled with this disease- whether or not themselves or watching a liked one endure.
We know that smear exams forestall 75% of cervical cancers, so the truth that so many younger women are lacking these appointments is very regarding. If we will forestall illnesses within the first place, and intervene on the earliest attainable stage, then the NHS can concentrate on what it does greatest: treating people who find themselves sick. This authorities is working to assist younger women take duty for his or her health, and we have now offered a roll out of the National Cervical Screening programme for all women between 25 and 64 years, with all women having the chance to get the HPV vaccine free from the NHS from age 12 to 18. HPV would be the main display check for women from 2019 and this alteration will see extra cancers being prevented and fewer women needing additional checks and remedy.
Similarly, having heard harrowing tales from various my constituents, describing their experiences of vaginal mesh implants and the ache that they now sadly discover themselves in, I welcomed the information that a assessment will probably be carried out into using vaginal mesh implants, in addition to using being pregnant check drug Primodos and epilepsy drug sodium valproate. It was very important that we addressed this problem with so many women struggling after present process a process that was supposed to enhance their high quality of life. This is why I’m proud to be a feminine MP and to assist champion these campaigns to work to raised the lives of women and women.
And it’s not simply domestically that the UK has been enhancing women’s health. Five years in the past the UK Department for International Development dedicated to spend £35million in the direction of ending Female Genital Mutilation in a era, greater than some other nation. In doing so, we now have shifted the worldwide dialog round FGM and introduced us near seeing an finish to this excessive violation. Thanks to the work of this authorities, and campaigners right here within the UK, the difficulty has climbed the political and information agenda. We have seen FGM legal guidelines being strengthened within the UK in order that it’s not merely unlawful to follow FGM within the UK, it’s unlawful to take a toddler overseas to be able to topic her to FGM elsewhere. These are large developments and exhibits that as a society our look after women’s health stretches past our personal borders, we really need to higher the lives of women and women all over the world.
Today, on International Women’s Day it’s a probability for us to mirror again and champion the good issues that this authorities has accomplished for women’s health, but in addition acknowledge that there are nonetheless troublesome conversations that we have to have and that we proceed to encourage women to speak to their associates, moms and daughters about their health.
Maria Caulfield is the Conservative MP for Lewes and social gathering vice chair for women