By Graeme Paton
The number of 11 and 12-year-old girls prescribed the pill by a family doctor has soared five-fold in the past decade, according to figures.
More than 1,000 girls in the first year of secondary school have been given prescriptions for the pill, according to figures from GPs, while a further 200 have long-term injectable or implanted contraceptive devices.
The disclosure prompted warnings that Britain was “facilitating the sexualisation of young people at an every younger age”.
It follows the publication of guidance by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence that sex education should be introduced from the age of five.
Trevor Stammers, chairman of the Christian Medical Fellowship and a GP in south London, told The Sunday Times: “If sex education is introduced in primary schools in the way being proposed, we will see many more 11-year-old girls seeking contraception without pointing out the risks…. We are going to make matters worse.”
He added: “These figures illustrate the fact that the UK is facilitating the sexualisation of young people at an ever younger age.”
The latest figures came from the General Practice Research Database, which collects information on medical records from 500 GP practices.