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Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret?

Progress Educational Trust
Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG
26 November 2019 24 September 2019 6pm (food and refreshments), 6.30pm-8pm (discussion)

Dr Jane Stewart, Chair of the British Fertility Society and speaker at 'Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?', Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019Dr Sarah Martins Da Silva, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Ninewells Hospital and chair of the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret?', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 26 November 2019 A free-to-attend public event in Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 26 November 2019. To reserve places, register here.

The event is produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with the Scottish Government, and will be chaired by Dr Sarah Martins Da Silva (who was recently named one of the BBC's 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2019).

Speakers include Dr Jane Stewart, Gwenda Burns and Dr Catriona McMillan. Find out more about the chair and speakers here.

Information concerning a person's fertility treatment is subject to special legal considerations in the UK, over and above the sensitivity with which all medical information must be handled. This means that such information does not automatically form part of the medical records that can be accessed by various health professionals.

Gwenda Burns, Chief Executive of Fertility Network UK and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret?', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 26 November 2019Dr Catriona McMillan, Senior Research Fellow in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret?', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 26 November 2019 The only professionals who are entitled to access patient-specific fertility treatment information are staff at the relevant fertility clinic and staff at the fertility regulator (plus, in certain circumstances, the Registrar General or a court). Except in a medical emergency, this information cannot be disclosed to anyone else unless the relevant fertility patient has given specific consent for disclosure.

By way of comparison, other areas of medicine where special legal restrictions sometimes apply to the disclosure of patient information are sexually transmitted disease and gender reassignment.

40 years after IVF was first pioneered in the UK, since when it has been responsible for the birth of millions of babies, assisted reproduction could be regarded as mainstream. So, does fertility treatment still need to be a medical secret?

In the PET tradition, much of this event's running time will be devoted to letting the audience put questions and comments to the speakers.

If tweeting about this event, please use the hashtag #IVFsecret