Pharmac is considering whether to help cut the cost of sanitary products. The government funding agency has received an application for it to subsidise the products and hopes to report back to the applicant shortly. Campaigners have been lobbying for greater access to the items, since reports last year of women not being able to afford them, and having to use rags or newspaper instead. The Salvation Army helped launch a campaign last year, alongside the Countdown supermarket chain, calling for donations of sanitary products for vulnerable young women. Pam Waugh is the charity's head of social services.
20 Feb 2017