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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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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]

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]

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