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Many NHS centres offering self funded in vitro fertilisation are poor performers

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5028 (Published 09 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5028
  1. Talha Al-Shawaf, consultant gynaecologist1,
  2. Luca Sabatini, consultant gynaecologist1,
  3. Salman Rawaf, professor of public health2
  1. 1Barts and the London Centre for Reproductive Medicine, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London EC1A 7BE, UK
  2. 2WHO Collaborating Centre, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK
  1. talhashawaf{at}gmail.com

Yet again vulnerable couples are targeted by NHS managers promoting “self funded” in vitro fertilisation (IVF). IVF is considered an easy option to boost NHS finances because serious complications are rare, so it falls below the radar of those monitoring quality of care based on mortality only.

Like primary care trusts before them, many clinical commissioning groups are ignoring the National …

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