Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, today pledged ‘a menopause revolution’ as she presented her Menopause Private Members Bill in the House of Commons – and announced the establishment of an All Party Parliamentary Group on the issue.
Following her success in the Private Members Bill Ballot, Carolyn will be allocated Parliamentary time for a debate on her Bill, with the goal that it will eventually pass into law.
A central plank of the Menopause (Support and Services) Bill will exempt Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) from NHS prescription charges in England, as is already the case in Wales and Scotland.
The Bill will also take in broader issues around menopause rights, entitlements and education, all of which will be explored in greater detail through the newly launched All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Menopause.
Di Danzebrink reflects on the significance of the Private Member’s Bill today (16 June 2021)
Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, said:
“For far too long, generation after generation of women have been let down, ignored or simply thrown on the scrap heap as a result of the menopause.
“Despite affecting more than half of the world’s population, menopause remains one of the last great taboos – badly funded and rarely discussed in public. It is also poorly understood: in the workplace, in society at large and far too often, even in the doctor’s surgery.
“It is clear that we need both a step change in attitudes, and a change in the law. This starts with the key plank of my Private Members Bill, which asks the NHS in England to follow the lead set in Wales and Scotland and exempt HRT from NHS prescription charges.
“But we know that its about far more than money – it’s also about attitude and education. That’s why our new APPG will be so important. This won’t be a talking shop – it will be a driving force for change. Our menopause inquiry will take in workplace policy, medical school training, public health messaging and school curriculums.
“If the menopause were an illness, or indeed a condition that impacted every man, it’s unlikely that financial support would be so woeful, or public understanding so negligible. Women have suffered long enough – I am determined to change that.”
Diane Danzebrink, founder Menopause Support and the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign, said:
“Improving menopause education, care and support for all women is vital, far too many continue to needlessly suffer in silence and this has to stop.
“I am grateful to Carolyn Harris for keeping menopause on the parliamentary agenda and for her continued support of the aims of the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign.”