Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has welcomed the UK Government's commitment to improving information available for women on the NHS website.
The Liberal Democrat called on UK Government Minister for Women, Maria Caulfield MP, to use its new Major Conditions Strategy to address the lack of awareness of women’s health issues and symptoms.
Christine raised concerns that current information does not acknowledge that for many women, symptoms of common conditions like cardiac arrest are completely different from those experienced by men.
The Minister said that NHS Digital will be launching a Women’s Health Forum this summer, as a “go-to” source of information for women’s specific health needs.
Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Women and Equalities, said:
“We need to be aware that while we focus rightly on conditions which affect only women, we also need to recognise that there are those common to both genders which affect women differently.
“Heart attacks for example can be completely different and we need to put more effort in to making sure that information, campaigns, leaflets all reflect that.
“I am reassured by the minister’s reaction that the needs of women across the UK are is going to be taken into account in future to ensure that they are correctly informed about the symptoms to watch for.”