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BioNews Comment articles written by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE:

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Infertility and IVF: Results of patient survey show educating GPs is the best way forward
3 September 2012 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
Last summer the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC) launched its most comprehensive patient survey to date. The aim of the survey was to identify problems faced by people seeking NHS-funded fertility treatment... [Read More]
£3.4 million is a heck of a lot of money!
20 February 2012 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
I was shocked when I heard the news that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has built up the princely sum of approximately £3.4 million in its bank account. The HFEA explains that this surplus has arisen over recent years due to prudent budgeting... [Read More]
How can we halt disinvestment in NHS fertility services?
13 December 2010 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
The National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC) [1] has been outraged by recent announcements from at least ten Primary Care Trusts in England to suspend or severely restrict funding for infertility services. Infertility services meet a health need so why are they being slashed in this way?... [Read More]
Pressure is mounting on PCTs for NHS funding
2 March 2009 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
I welcome the letter from Alan Doran, Interim Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to all Directors of Public Health in England on the subject of multiple births and commissioning IVF services. Why? Let's be honest! In England, even before the move to single embryo transfer... [Read More]
'Postcode lottery' unacceptable after 30 years of IVF
14 July 2008 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
Louise Brown, the world's first IVF baby, will be 30 years old on 25 July 2008. Here Clare Brown, who was among those to speak at a reception organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility to mark next week's National Infertility Day 2008, reflects on three decades of... [Read More]
Funding for IVF in the UK: Over four years of waiting
27 May 2008 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
I thank BioNews for giving me another opportunity to highlight the fact that not just one or two, not just a hundred or so, not just several hundred, but probably thousands of couples who need assisted conception treatment such as IVF or ICSI in order to have a child are... [Read More]
NHS provision of IVF: the fight goes on
28 August 2007 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
The continuing lack of public funding to help many UK couples affected by infertility was highlighted recently by a new survey, carried out by Infertility Network UK (I N UK) (See BioNews 420). Both as patient organisations CHILD and ISSUE, prior to our merger in 2003 to form I N... [Read More]
IVF funding in the UK: three years on and the waiting continues
5 February 2007 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
It is now been an incredibly long three years since the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published the clinical guideline on fertility. It is also an incredibly long two years since all Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) should have made at least one cycle of in vitro... [Read More]
National Infertility Day - what is it? And why?
29 May 2006 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
National Infertility Day (NID) 2006 will take place on 10 June. The venue will once again be the New Connaught Rooms in central London. So what is National Infertility Day and why do it? I know that when myself and my colleague, Sheena Young, first started talking to people back... [Read More]
IVF: The continuing agony of treatment by postcode or bank balance
21 April 2006 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
It is now five years since the UK Government asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce guidelines for the treatment of infertility. It is now four years since the Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Mr Tony Blair MP, said in his message of support to... [Read More]
Single embryo transfer must go hand in hand with adequate funding
1 August 2005 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has announced that it will be reviewing the clinical practice around the number of embryos transferred during fertility treatment. It will look at whether the UK should follow the practice of other European countries that have a single embryo transfer (SET) policy. Infertility... [Read More]
What happens to those suffering from infertility in Italy now?
21 June 2005 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
My heart goes out to all those patients in Italy who continue to have their future governed by what is dangerous legislation on the provision of infertility treatment, in particular IVF. Views expressed by the general public on this issue have been mixed. Many condemned the Church's intervention in what... [Read More]
'Postcode Prescribing' is still alive and well in NHS-funded infertility treatment
5 April 2005 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
1 April 2005 has been a long time coming for thousands of couples in England. They read the same headlines we all did, back in February 2004 when John Reid MP, Secretary of State for Health announced that 'by April next year I want all PCTs (Primary Care Trusts) including... [Read More]
An upper age limit of 35 for women needing IVF is unacceptable
30 August 1999 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
Media speculation that the Department of Health proposes to recommend in forthcoming guidance to health authorities an upper age limit of 35 for women needing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) through the National Health Service (NHS) is alarming to say the least. If this is true, it fails to understand what... [Read More]
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