Sexual health services at ‘tipping point’ as cuts leave clinics struggling to cope with demand : Mirror.

Councils warn they may no longer be able to cope with high demand or outbursts of disease.

Gynaecologist performing a cervical smear

Patients face longer waits for sexual disease treatments (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

 

Patients could face longer waits for sexual disease treatments after visits to clinics surged 25% while funding is being cut back.

Town hall chiefs said sexual health services are reaching a “tipping point” where they can no longer cope with high demand or outbursts of disease.

A new report by the Local Government Association (LGA) – which represents local councils across England and Wales – says new attendances at sexual health clinics hit 2,456,779 in 2016 – compared to 1,941,801 in 2012.

The LGA said that the same time there had been a near 10% reduction to town hall public health budgets which could “impact on councils’ ability to meet demand and respond to unforeseen outbreaks”.

Coun Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said: “While it is encouraging that more and more people are taking their own and their partners’ sexual health seriously, we are concerned that this increase in demand is creating capacity and resource issues for councils.

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