THESE STORIES PROVE THAT WOMEN ARE BEING FAILED BY THEIR DOCTORS
Last week, a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health (APPG) confirmed what many women already knew: doctors are failing to treat women with dignity and respect when it comes to their mental, gynaecological and overall physical health.
The report, ‘Informed Choice? Giving women control of their healthcare’, surveyed over 2,600 women and sent freedom of information requests (FOI) to hospital trusts. This revealed that when it comes to problems like fibroids and endometriosis in particular, women are experiencing what the APPG has deemed to be ‘unacceptable’ treatment. They also found that women are not getting the right diagnosis and information about treatments, with 62 per cent of the women they surveyed reporting that they were not satisfied with the information they were given.
Philippa, 28, told The Debrief ‘I was ignored by doctors for about 3 years before finally being taken seriously and booked in for a laparoscopy. Since then I’ve had two operations.’ Pritti, also in her twenties, was dismissed for years even though doctors could see she was ‘in agony’. She even took herself to the Women’s Hospital in Birmingham where she says she ‘received much sympathy’ but was told she could not be seen without a referral from her GP, which she was not being given. Georgie, in her early twenties, told The Debrief of how she suffered with period pains that made her pass out. She was told by a doctor that she ‘just had painful periods’ and that was that. She was, eventually, given a laparoscopy and told by the doctor that she had endometriosis which could not be treated. She wasn’t satisfied with this so she sought the opinion of another doctor, they told me I didn’t have it all’ she said, ‘I’ve since been put on Rigevidon (a form of hormonal contraceptive pill) and told I’m not allowed to come off it for four months. They say it’s the only option for me despite having so many side effects.’