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General Practitioners: Postnatal Care

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 107, tabled on 14 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to encourage NHS England to add the maternal six week postnatal check to the GP contract so that all new mothers get a full appointment to discuss their mental and physical health.

Answered on

22 October 2019

The potential for a six-week post-natal maternal health check for all mothers is the subject of further work by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Decisions on changes to the GP contract for 2020/2021 will be made following negotiations between NHS England and the British Medical Association which are due to conclude at the end of 2019.

Support from health visitors and other professionals at the universal 6-8 week review is an important time for assessing the health and wellbeing of new parents, particularly in look for signs of postnatal depression.