Would-be parents need safeguards from unscrupulous fertility clinics, says report

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 02 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:224
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Professional guidelines are urgently needed to prevent patients who are seeking fertility treatment from being exploited by unscrupulous clinics, according to a parliamentary committee.

    The Joint Committee on the Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill rejected core proposals in the government's white paper on fertility research and regulation and laid out key ethical recommendations.

    The committee's chairman, the Labour MP Phil Willis, began with reproach for private clinics that offer in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

    “There is much anecdotal evidence, some of it from members of this committee, that there has been abuse of patients seeking help in private clinics,” he said.

    “We recommend that all patients be given fully costed treatment plans, and, given recent events, including a recent high profile court case, we think the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology should produce professional …

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