Date lodged: 12 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that some people in the NHS Lothian area have been advised that they must wait at least eight to 10 weeks for an intrauterine device (IUD) fitting.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 25 March 2019
We are aware that NHS Lothian is currently experiencing some capacity issues with appointments for the intrauterine device, and officials are in communication with the Board regarding this matter.
The provision of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods is a policy priority for the Scottish Government, as set out in the Refreshed Maternity Framework (2011), the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework Update (2015) and the Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy (2016). The Scottish Government has funded trial projects in NHS Ayrshire and Arran and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to improve access to LARC for women who have recently given birth, as this has been identified by a successful trial project in NHS Lothian as an area which can be improved.