Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, this week (28 June 2021) was elected Chair of the newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Menopause in the House of Commons – marking the first step towards securing the menopause revolution.
Following her success in the Private Members Bill Ballot, Carolyn will be allocated Parliamentary time for a debate on her Bill, with the goal that it will eventually pass into law. Second Reading of the Bill has been set for 29 October 2021.
A central plank of the Menopause (Support and Services) Bill will exempt Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) from NHS prescription charges in England, as is already the case in Wales and Scotland.
The Bill will also take in broader issues around menopause rights, entitlements and education, all of which will be explored in greater detail through the newly launched All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Menopause.
The new APPG held its inaugural Annual General Meeting yesterday to elect its chairs and set its mission going forward.
Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East, said:
“Women have been let down for far too long. We have seen policy built upon ignorance and workplace rights implemented with little regard of what women need. This has to end and the Bill I’m introducing will achieve this.
“I was delighted to be elected Chair of the APPG on Menopause. But what struck me was the sheer number of MPs and Peers from across the political divide that joined us in our mission to secure a menopause revolution. With this wide range of support, I know that we can deliver legislation that will make a real difference to women’s lives.
“The APPG is vital. It will be the engine for change in our campaign. It will undertake a menopause inquiry which will cover a huge variety of topics from workplace policy, medical school training, public health messaging and school curriculums.
“I’m determined to change the woeful support offered to women. We will work together, through this APPG, to show what action is needed and support the Bill with all the evidence it requires. This menopause revolution will bring an end to women’s suffering.”