10th June 2011
Men have an important role to play in women's health, according to Women's Health Concern (WHC).
Patrick Shervington, chief executive of the organisation, said: "Whether it is an employer, a boss, a work colleague; whether it's a husband or a partner; a man needs to be very understanding, very caring and very positive about health issues, not just cervical screening, but any health issue that the woman may have."
Coinciding with Cervical Screening Awareness Week [running from June 6th to 12th], a survey conducted for Jo's Trust by YouGov found that a lack of flexibility by employers and GPs could be putting women at risk.
Mr Shervington said: "Flexible surgery hours or health centre hours would make a positive difference."
He added that women who work full-time are perhaps reluctant to have time off because of the money they will lose, so have limited opportunity to get to surgeries.
"If more and more surgeries are open for longer hours, then they can be fitted in. Then de facto, there will be a rise in the take up of screening," he stated.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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