Cost of Jersey contraception services to rise

Women using community contraception services in Jersey will have to pay more after a decision by the health and social services minister.

Jersey's health department is increasing charges for the services for the first time in nearly seven years.

Charges for many who use the services will rise by between £5 and £8.

But the health department said for those requiring more expensive forms of contraception, such as coils and implants, it will rise by about 50%.

The department said compared with the private sector it was still cheaper.

The increases will also help continue the subsidy for contraceptives and allow the service to offer newer birth control choices to clients.

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