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GPs put 1 in 20 under-aged girls on the Pill: Thousands of children as young as 12 are now on the contraceptive

GPs put 1 in 20 under-aged girls on the Pill: Thousands of children as young as 12 are now on the contraceptive

A shock study found that family doctors are handing out the Pill to about 75,000 girls under 16 every year – a jump of 50 per cent in a decade.

Worryingly, parents are unlikely ever to find out because health workers do not have to inform them when they provide contraception to a minor.

Last night, senior Conservative MP Bob Neill called the figures ‘deeply shocking’ and said the practice was ‘destroying’ the childhood of young girls and ‘undermining responsible parents’.

It came as family campaigners and doctors warned:

  • The total number of underage girls – including 12-year-olds – using the oral contraceptive is likely to be even higher because sexual health clinics and school nurses are also able to prescribe it;
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are soaring as teenagers on the Pill increasingly feel they can dispense with condoms and engage in riskier sexual behaviour;
  • Underage sex is slowly being normalised and legalised – even though it is still against the law.
  • There is not enough information about the long-term health risks for teenagers on the Pill – something the study’s authors also highlight.
We’re a nation of pill-poppers: Prescriptions up 50% in the past decade

We’re a nation of pill-poppers: Prescriptions up 50% in the past decade

Britons are taking more medicines than ever before – with more than a billion prescriptions a year now being handed out, figures reveal today.

The number of prescriptions has risen by 50 per cent in a decade and is being driven by a surge in the use of antidepressants, painkillers, statins and drugs for diabetes.

Some elderly patients with a number of long-term illnesses end up taking a cocktail of different drugs each day, which can cause dangerous reactions.

The figures have alarmed medical experts, who say the nation has become ‘over-medicalised’ and that thousands of patients are suffering harmful side effects.

The huge rise has also been partly blamed on a bonus system for GPs that means they earn points, which are then converted into cash, for prescribing treatments for a range of common conditions.

Drugs companies have also been accused of overselling the benefits of treatments while underplaying the side effects.