Charity calls on MPs to end postcode lottery in IVF treatment

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 23 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a934
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    Doctors involved in fertility services should write to their MPs to try to end the postcode lottery over how many cycles of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment patients in England receive, says Infertility Network UK.

    The charity’s chief executive, Clare Brown, called on clinicians to do more in her speech at a conference in London last week. She said, “They should write to MPs, they should write to the minister, they should kick up a stink with the PCTs [primary care trusts] and not just accept one cycle. They should push as hard as the patients.”

    Figures for 2007 issued by the Department of Health last month showed that only seven (5%) …

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