On 8 June, Victoria Prentis MP attended the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women’s Health, and welcomed the spotlight on empowering women at Parliament.The aim of the new group is to raise awareness of women’s health conditions, and to ensure that women are able to make an informed choice about treatment.

The reception was hosted by Paula Sherriff MP, chair of the new APPG, at the Palace of Westminster and was attended by many parliamentarians, as well as a number of representatives from charities and the medical and nursing Royal Colleges, patients, health professionals and the general public. Speakers included Katie Piper, television presenter and founder of the Katie Piper Foundation, feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, and Angela Rippon, television journalist, newsreader and presenter.

Paula Sherriff MP said: “It is not acceptable that in twenty-first century Britain, women are not treated with appropriate sensitivity and respect in our NHS. The NHS does an excellent job looking after us, but a universal culture should be adopted across the service where dignity is the key word.”

Victoria Prentis MP stated: “I was very keen to show my support for efforts to raise awareness of women’s health conditions. This is a subject I am passionate about, particularly given the challenges now facing maternity services at the Horton General Hospital. I hope that this new APPG can make a real difference to raising both awareness and standards. I was also really pleased to see Professor Lesley Regan, who is a personal friend and Chair-elect of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. It was a good opportunity to discuss the problems of transfers from the Horton to the John Radcliffe with her.”