Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret?
Progress Educational Trust
Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket (part of the Royal Mile), Edinburgh EH1 2PG
26 November 2019 24 September 2019 6pm (food and refreshments), 6.30pm-8pm (discussion)
A free-to-attend public event taking place in Edinburgh this evening (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).
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.
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?
This event will begin with food and refreshments at 6pm. The discussion proper will then take place from 6.30pm-8pm.
The venue for the event is Riddle's Court, which can be found towards the top of Edinburgh's Royal Mile (on the left-hand side as you approach Edinburgh Castle).
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