On Thursday 25th June, Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, spoke at Business Questions and called for a debate on support for women who are suffering from endometriosis.
Sir David is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Endometriosis. On average, it takes 7.5 years from onset of symptoms of endometriosis to get a diagnosis and those suffering from the disorder should not be forgotten during the Coronavirus pandemic. Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK and 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from the disorder. It is therefore essential that women with endometriosis are given the appropriate support when they need it.
Sir David said “Will my right hon. Friend find time for a debate on support for women who are suffering from endometriosis? Frankly, not enough is known about this condition. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, women who suffer from endometriosis have experienced delays in their treatment, the waiting list has grown and, most stressful of all, operations have been cancelled. These women are suffering, and they need help”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg replied “My hon. Friend is right to raise this important question, which has been raised with many of us by our constituents. The NHS has begun to restore services that were rightly suspended while it had to deal with the initial impact of covid-19. The NHS is working on the principle that the most urgent treatments should be brought back first, and that will be driven by local demands on the system. My right hon. Friend the Health Secretary has kept the House updated and will continue to do so. The point that my hon. Friend raises is a really important one, and he is right to raise it. People who suffer from this condition need to get the treatment that they require”.
For more information about endometriosis and getting diagnosed, visit the Endometriosis UK website https://www.endometriosis-uk.org