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NHS (National Health Service)

The National Health Service (NHS) is a publicly funded healthcare system in the United Kingdom. The NHS is controlled by the Department of Health.



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Richmond CCG considering cuts to IVF provision

20 February 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

New proposals from Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) could see NHS-funded IVF treatment available only in 'exceptional circumstances', such as for patients with HIV or cancer... [Read More]

Wirral reduces access to IVF

13 February 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The Wirral CCG has announced that it is cutting the provision of NHS-funded IVF cycles from three to two, in an attempt to reduce its financial deficit... [Read More]

Suffolk bows to public pressure to keep IVF funding

30 January 2017 - by Georgia Everett

The Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group has abandoned plans to cut all funding for IVF treatment, following a huge public response... [Read More]

UK Parliament debates regulation of fertility funding

23 January 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

Steve McCabe MP has led a parliamentary debate on the variable provision of fertility treatments across the UK, calling for a revision to how fertility services are funded and provided... [Read More]

First pregnant man in UK through sperm donation

16 January 2017 - by Lone Hørlyck

A 20-year-old man, who was originally born female, is the first in the UK to become pregnant through sperm donation after the NHS refused to pay for egg freezing... [Read More]

UK approves mitochondrial donation babies

19 December 2016 - by Annabel Slater

The UK has become first country in the world to formally approve the creation of IVF embryos through mitochondrial donation... [Read More]

Audit shows extent of IVF 'postcode lottery'

12 December 2016 - by Dr Rachel Brown

Only two percent of Clinical Commissioning Groups in England follow the national guidance on access to NHS fertility treatment, according to an audit by campaign group Fertility Fairness... [Read More]

IVF treatment in Bedfordshire – the low-hanging fruit of NHS cuts

12 December 2016 - by Richard Clothier

How the experience of being denied IVF on the NHS turned one man into a campaigner determined to improve the situation for the thousands of other infertile people... [Read More]

IVF practices challenged: a response

05 December 2016 - by Professor Adam Balen

Professor Adam Balen argues that the recent Panorama investigation into the use of add-ons in fertility clinics is a misrepresentation of these clinics and a misunderstanding of the data... [Read More]

IVF funding: Bedfordshire 1 – Brentwood 0

28 November 2016 - by Ari Haque

Basildon and Brentwood CCG has announced that it will no longer provide fertility treatment, including IVF on the NHS to new patients... [Read More]

Surrogate families made to hand over babies in car parks

14 November 2016 - by Lucas Taylor

Some hospitals in the UK are reportedly asking surrogates to leave NHS grounds before handing babies over to their intended parents... [Read More]

NHS to offer non-invasive prenatal testing to pregnant women

07 November 2016 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

A more accurate and safer prenatal test for Down's, Edward's and Patau's syndromes is to be offered by the NHS from 2018, it has been announced... [Read More]

Frozen Assets? Preserving Sperm, Eggs and Embryos

31 October 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

The Progress Educational Trust's event on preserving fertility was held in Edinburgh on 25 October... [Read More]

The British Fertility Society – committed to providing good information for patients

31 October 2016 - by Professor Adam Balen

There is a lack of reliable information in the public domain for patients and their families, as well as an array of misleading and confusing information, but the British Fertility Society aims to counter this with impartial advice and information... [Read More]

Should prenatal DNA testing for Down's syndrome be available online?

24 October 2016 - by Craig Macpherson

Several online companies now offer non-invasive prenatal testing for Down's syndrome. While there are some protections for consumers, they are currently insufficient... [Read More]

WHO considers new definition of infertility that includes being single

24 October 2016 - by Dr Rachel Brown

The World Health Organisation is considering making changes to the definition of infertility to recognise that every individual has the 'right to reproduce'... [Read More]

TV Review: A world without Down's syndrome?

10 October 2016 - by Evelyn Jager

In this documentary, Sally Phillips argues that individuals are more than just their biological characteristics and their potential health problems. But, if we view people in these terms, it's all too easy to ignore what fantastic qualities they might end up having too... [Read More]

Down's syndrome: NIPT in the bud?

03 October 2016 - by Victoria Woodham

The introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing in the NHS screening programme for pregnant women may seem like a no-brainer, but it is based on outdated ideas of what life is like for people with Down's syndrome and their families... [Read More]

Event Review: Who owns your genome?

03 October 2016 - by Isobel Steer

Do you know who owns your genome? And who, if anyone, would you choose to give your genetic information to? This debate, organised by the British Science Association and supported by Genomics England, covered the cutting-edge issues in genomic ethics and legality... [Read More]

Widow wins frozen embryo case

03 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A widow has been allowed by the High Court to keep embryos created with her late husband in storage for ten years... [Read More]

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