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'Halt sexual health clinic closures in London until online support is in place'

Pressing ahead with clinics' closures before launch of online service to part-replace them is putting public's health at risk, says RCN.
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Pressing ahead with clinics' closures before launch of online service to part-replace them is putting public's health at risk, says RCN

  • Face-to-face sexual health clinics close before web-based service goes live
  • Centres' nurses and other staff have been 'voting with their feet'
  • Local provision for people with HIV and other complex needs is contracting

Planned closures of London sexual health clinics should be suspended until a delayed online support service is operational, according to the RCN.

'Chaotic' restructuring of services is putting people at risk of late diagnosis and leaves those with urgent needs without support, the college claims. Meanwhile staff have been leaving clinics ahead of closure and others face redundancy.

An online ordering service for people requiring infection-testing kits had been due to start in April, the college said. But the new service's commissioning body said it will

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