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On Saturday 28th May, International Day of Action for Women’s Health, a report will be published by a coalition of charities and health organisations which discusses how women in Wales have poorer health outcomes than men and urgent action is needed to ensure they receive equal care and treatment.
Co-chairing the Women’s Health Wales Coalition of over sixty charities, UK-wide umbrella organisations, Royal Colleges and patient representatives, British Heart Foundation BHF Cymru and Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales (FTWW) have facilitated the co-production of a Quality Statement which calls on Welsh Government to improve healthcare for women, girls and those assigned female at birth (AFAB) across Wales.
Despite making up 51% of the population in Wales, the coalition says medicine and healthcare services fail to meet female patients’ needs, resulting in significant disparities in care between men and women – which have only been exacerbated by the pandemic.
Both the Scottish and UK Governments consulted on their own Women’s Health Plans, with Scotland’s being published and the UK Government issuing a statement confirming work underway for England. When a Wales equivalent was not forthcoming, the Women’s Health Wales coalition was formed with the aim of ensuring a holistic, life-course approach to women’s physical and mental health. Welsh Government has pledged to support the Coalition’s work.