From a reader who wishes to remain anonymous.
Dear Broadsheet Readers,
My sister recently completed an honours degree after 5 years (1 repeat). It was a difficult slog for her as she battled with mental health issues throughout the last 2 years of the course. They were triggered by the deaths of two people close to us in quick succession.
With the help of counselling sessions, family members and medication she managed to get her degree and once the pressure of the last year of college was over her mental health improved significantly and she was back to her usual self.
She felt ready to begin her masters and has enrolled for the coming year.
Concerned about her mental health deteriorating again once the course starts she went to our local GP to get the contraceptive pill as it helps keep her hormones/emotions/mood in check.
And this is why I’m contacting you – the GP refused to give her the contraceptive pill because it’s “against her beliefs”. Just flat out refused. Needless to say my sister left the surgery a little embarrassed and upset.
Surely in 2017 this cannot be acceptable from a GP? Or is it? From my sister’s point of view she didn’t seek the pill as a lifestyle choice – she was seeking it for her mental health. And it is a difficult subject for her to discuss.
I’d like to point out that the GP’s practice is in a city and would be quite busy. My sister used to get her pill from the doctor near her college so this was her first (and last) time asking our family doctor for it!