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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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A new service for fertility patients

17 July 2017 - by Juliet Tizzard

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has just launched its new website. With a fresh, clear design the site is designed to help patients navigate a stressful and often overwhelming journey by providing friendly, impartial information... [Read More]

Delivering the Genomic Dream across the NHS

17 July 2017 - by Professor Sue Hill

The Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report Generation Genome provides a comprehensive and considered focus on the potential of genomic technologies – coupled with clinical and phenotypic data – to transform the lives of patients... [Read More]

Generation Genome - sequencing is future for NHS, says report

10 July 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

The Chief Medical Officer of England's annual report has recommended that personalised medicine approaches be adopted widely within the NHS.

Surviving cancer means lower pregnancy rates in women

10 July 2017 - by Mikey Lebrett

Female cancer survivors are 38 per cent less likely to become pregnant compared with women in the general population, according to a study presented at the annual European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Geneva... [Read More]

What next for genomics? Providing answers, changing lives, transforming the NHS

10 July 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A packed public event, produced by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with Genomics England, saw the Chief Medical Officer for England launch her report 'Generation Genome'... [Read More]

Bristol hospital IVF unit to close

26 June 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

From November 2017, patients will no longer be able to receive IVF at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Southmead Hospital... [Read More]

Gene therapy hope for allergies and asthma

12 June 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

Life-threatening allergies and asthma could one day be treated by a single injection, say researchers who have successfully treated mice using gene therapy... [Read More]

TV Review: Quadruplets and Homeless

30 May 2017 - by Dr Jane Currie

A moving love story, but a missed opportunity to explore ethical issues in IVF... [Read More]

Walking on eggshells? The morally complex practice of egg sharing

15 May 2017 - by Dr Nicky Hudson

BioNews recently reported on the Daily Mail investigation of a so-called 'cash for eggs' scandal which suggested women on low incomes are induced to provide eggs for use in the fertility treatment of others. The coverage, which prompting swift responses from the field, may shock some readers... [Read More]

Daily Mail misses the mark on fertility

08 May 2017 - by Professor Adam Balen

Last week the Daily Mail published an undercover investigation into certain aspects of IVF practice in the UK. Whilst this has highlighted some issues, unfortunately the meaning of published statistics has been misinterpreted and certain aspects of the investigation have been given far more weight than is just. Rather than serving the public good, this has the potential to leave vulnerable patients scared and confused.

HFEA to investigate claims of poor practice in UK fertility sector

08 May 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The UK's fertility regulator, the HFEA, says it will be investigating a series of allegations concerning the fertility industry made by the Daily Mail newspaper last week... [Read More]

UK Parliamentary committee publishes report on genomics and genome editing

02 May 2017 - by Sandy Starr

The Science and Technology Committee of the UK Parliament's House of Commons has published a brief report of its wide-ranging inquiry into genomics and genome editing... [Read More]

Stem cells could be used to create 'endless supply of blood'

03 April 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A new method of producing red blood cells outside the body on a large scale has been developed by researchers at the University of Bristol... [Read More]

NHS Scotland to offer three cycles of IVF

27 March 2017 - by Rikita Patel

New patients referred for infertility treatment by their doctors will now have access to three cycles of IVF on the NHS in Scotland... [Read More]

Use of prenatal tests 'must be limited', say bioethicists

06 March 2017 - by Emma Laycock

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has called for a ban on using early prenatal testing to find out the sex or sequence the whole genome of the fetus... [Read More]

Nottinghamshire CCGs put age restriction on NHS-funded IVF

27 February 2017 - by Georgia Everett

Women over the age of 34 will no longer be entitled to receive IVF funded by the NHS in some areas of Nottinghamshire...

Stem cell treatment halts multiple sclerosis for five years

27 February 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

A study has demonstrated that a new, one-off stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis can 'freeze' progression of the disease for five years in some patients... [Read More]

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]

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