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20 June 2023 - Menopause and the workplace - Oral evidence

Committee Women and Equalities Committee
Inquiry Menopause and the workplace

Tuesday 20 June 2023

Start times: 1:30pm (private) 2:00pm (public)

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Maria Caulfield to face scrutiny from MPs on menopause and the workplace 

The Women and Equalities Committee will scrutinise the Women’s and Health Minister Maria Caulfield MP and Work and Pensions Minister Mims Davies MP, in a session following-up on the Government’s response to the Committee’s menopause and the workplace report.

Meeting details

At 2:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Menopause and the workplace
Menopause Employment Champion and Head of Talent (UK and Ireland) at The Adecco Group
Minister for Mental Health and Women's Health Strategy and Minister for Women at Department for Health and Social Care
Deputy Director, Acute Care Policy at Department for Health and Social Care
Minister for Social Mobility, Youth and Progression at Department for Work & Pensions
Deputy Director – Labour Market, Carers, Ethnic Minorities and 50+ Choices at Department for Work & Pensions

The session is an opportunity for MPs to assess whether the situation has improved since its report and scrutinise any action taken to date. Joining the Ministers on the witness panel is Menopause Employment Champion, Helen Tomlinson. 

Issues likely to be discussed include: 

  • shortages in the supply of Hormonal Therapy Treatment (HRT) medication and the roll-out of the pre-payment certificate 
  • support for women in the workplace and their employers 
  • raising awareness of women's health and the menopause. 

Published in July 2022, the Committee’s report called out the lack of employer support available for women with menopausal symptoms, which pushes skilled and experienced women out of work. Of the 12 recommendations put forward in the report, the Government accepted one. Committee Chair, Caroline Nokes MP, described the Government’s progress on reform as “glacial” and its response “complacent”. 

The Committee held a follow-up session on the Government’s response in March with menopause experts and campaigners


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