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|Title: ||Family planning policy: guidelines for health boards|
|Publisher: ||Health Service Executive (HSE)|
|Issue Date: ||Mar-1995 |
|Description: ||Each health board should ensure, that an equitable,
accessible and comprehensive family planning service is
provided in its area.
2 The role of the general practitioner in. providing family
planning services is recognised and this role will be
developed and strengthened.
3. A broadly-based programme, involving family planning
clinics provided by the health board and/or other service providers,
will be developed to ensure that services are
within easy reach and that choice of service-provider is
4. The family planning service in each maternity hospital/unit
will be evaluated to determine the extent to which current
needs are being met.
5. Sterilisation operations for family planning purposes are
a matter for decision by the individuals concerned in
conjunction with their consultants. Where sterilisation is
not available at a particular hospital, the patient has the
right to ask her consultant to refer her to a hospital
where the procedure is available and the health board
should make the appropriate arrangements.
6. Health boards should ensure that vasectomy services are
7. Arrangements for the dissemination of information on family
planning should be made by health boards.
8. Copies of family planning materials, including those
available from the Health Promotion Unit of the Department
of Health, should be made available to the public through
sources such as general practitioners, non-governmental.
organisations, maternity hospital units, pharmacies and
health board services :
9. Each health board should provide a leaflet which outlines
the type and range of family planning services available in
it's area and details of service providers or contact phone
10. The range of services to be provided free of charge under
the G.M.S. is being extended to include spermicidal
contraceptives and contraceptive devices.
11. The family planning requirements of individuals in deprived
and/or at-risk groups, and for those with special needs,
will be established by health boards, in consultation with
the groups involved and provided in a manner which is
easily understood by the recipients.
12 . Health boards will ensure that the family planning needs of
persons living in remote areas are adequately met.
13. Health boards should devise appropriate arrangements to
ensure a co-ordinated approach in the development and
implementation of the services (within health board or
between health boards).|
|Keywords: ||FAMILY PLANNING|
|Appears in Collections: ||Primary and Social Care|
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