Doctors for Choice UK is launching a campaign to #KeepTelemedicine.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the use of telephones and video calls for medical consultations. It allows women and pregnant people to access medical abortion under 10 weeks of pregnancy without attending a clinic.
1 / Telemedicine is safe and effective
2 / Telemedicine lowers waiting times and gestation at which abortion takes place
3 / Telemedicine is cost-effective for patients and the NHS
4 / Telemedicine improves privacy and access
5 / Telemedicine is empowering!
What can I do to help?
1 / Know your stuff! Read this short briefing to find out more about how telemedicine has been used in abortion services, the evidence supporting its continued use, and its impact on service users and providers.
2 / Add your voice to the public consultation. The regulatory changes that made telemedicine possible are currently only temporary; the Scottish and UK governments have public consultations running on whether these changes should be made permanent. More information below.
The English consultation is currently open and closes on Friday 26 February 2021. Things to remember:
We have made a handy guide to completing the consultation.
You don't have to be English, or live/work in England to fill it out.
You don't have to answer all questions.
It only takes about 10 minutes to complete (or a bit longer if you're really getting into it...)
The Welsh government's consultation is currently open and closes on Tuesday 23 February 2021.
We will upload a guide very shortly.
Listen to our new podcast, with committee members Sean and Tom speaking to abortion providers about their experience of setting up telemedicine services.