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Fertility clinics no longer need to consult patients' GPs

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1042
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    GPs will no longer have to provide a child welfare assessment for patients undergoing fertility treatment, the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has decided.

    Until now fertility clinics have had to contact each individual's GP before offering treatment to ensure that a welfare assessment—which assesses the patient's suitability to raise a child—was available. This would cover information on the patient's social and family circumstances.

    But many GPs have said they are not appropriately qualified to comment on such circumstances, as they involve non-medical matters. And many clinics, and …

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