LUU should lobby Leeds Sexual Health to reinstate funding for Brudenell Road Pharmacy, and other Hyde Park pharmacies, to give out free sexual health services again

Passed: March 2020 (16th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

For over 10 years, Brudenell Road Pharmacy in Hyde Park has offered free morning after pill consultations, chlamydia testing, in-store pregnancy testing, condoms and lubricant. However, Leeds Sexual Health has taken away this funding so not only are all of these services no longer free, but the provision of consultations as part of the process of giving out morning after pills is also being removed. According to the pharmacy, before the funding was taken away, 80-100 morning after pills were given out every month. This number has reduced to 30 every month following the removal of the funding (they are now £20 - reduced from the average retail price of £25-30 by the pharmacy themselves). Leeds Sexual Health has rejected the pharmacy's appeals with no reasons provided, despite the sheer importance of safe and affordable sexual healthcare, especially in Hyde Park which is predominantly made up of students.

This removal of funding is very concerning as the pharmacy claims that they "find students are having to go into the City Centre to get the Morning After Pill", which is not always accessible for students' schedule given the urgency of emergency contraception, the costs of going into town and back and the accessibility needs of students who have disabilities. As the Union represents its students, it's extremely important that it promotes the sexual safety of students within the student-heavy area of Hyde Park. This is why it's important that the Union lobbies Leeds Sexual Health to reconsider its funding decisions, especially considering the fact that the pharmacy have provided these services for over 10 years with no issues and was clearly a service used by many students previously and therefore it is in the Union & UoL’s best interests to try and resolve this.

Expires: March 2023 (16th)

Submitted By: Ana-Sofia Velasco

Officer: Welfare / Community

Area of Work: Campaigns

Updates

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again. The proposer is a Liberation Coordinator for 2020/21 so is well placed to work closely with PET and LUU's Advice Team on this policy.

March 2020: New Policy