Schoolgirls younger than 12 getting contraceptive implants on NHS

GIRLS as young as 12 are among thousands of kids getting NHS contraceptive implants sparking claims they are now being doled out ‘like Smarties.’ The Sun reports

Official figures show 10,600 girls aged 16 or under had implants fitted in 2015-16 and 2016-17; 39 were aged 12 or under.

They can be prescribed by doctors for a reasons other than contraception to deal with other issues around reproductive health, such as heavy or painful periods.

Patient confidentiality rules mean no parental consent is needed and in some areas of the country the devices are being fitted in schools.

Sir Roger Gale, the 74-year-old Tory MP for North Thanet in Kent where the implants are offered in schools, told the Sunday Times: ‘We have to remember that the child is having underage sex and that is against the law . . . When you start dishing them [implants] out like Smarties in schools I think that is a very bad idea.”

Norman Wells, director of the anti-contraceptive pressure group Family Education Trust, said: “The government needs to wake up to the fact that a casual attitude towards underage sex is exposing children and young people to the risk of sexual exploitation.”

Natika Halil, chief executive of the Family Planning Association charity, said it was “vital” for under-16s to be able to access advice about sexual health.

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