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£27m bid to cut teenage pregnancies

The Department of Health (DoH) has unveiled details of a £26.8m initiative to help cut Britain's teen pregnancy rate, which is the highest in Western Europe.

The money will be used to fund schemes to promote "the full range of methods of contraception" to all women, including the Pill, condoms and newer methods such as implants and injections which last between three months and five years.

Some £14m has been earmarked for "innovative new ways" of helping young people get access to sexual health advice and contraception.

Under the plans, 10 regional health authorities will be asked to come up with proposals to promote contraception to young people and could be granted funding to run pilot projects.

One example is offering contraception and advice at abortion clinics to prevent young women needing another abortion in the future.

A further £12.8m is being given to primary care trusts to spend on contraception services as they see fit.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo said: "There is increasing evidence of the key role contraception plays in preventing teenage pregnancy.

"We need to use this evidence and improve access to the full range of methods of contraception in many areas, particularly those with high and increasing rates of teenage pregnancy and high rates of abortion."

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The sooner the better. Lets just hope it works. Maybe more needs to be done but at least it's a start" - Name and address supplied