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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00472: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what conclusions its National Infertility Group has reached in relation to (a) calls for the NHS to deliver three full cycles of IVF and (b) enhancing IVF services.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 21 June 2016

The National infertility group’s report was published on 13 June 2016 at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/06/9960. The group was asked to look at a number of areas, including widening access criteria and increasing the number of full IVF cycles from two to three. The Scottish Government has accepted all recommendations in the report from the national infertility group, except the recommendation to remove eligibility for couples where the woman is aged between 40 and 42. The existing criteria in this area will remain. Work will now begin to develop a sustainable implementation plan, including timescales for the introduction of the criteria changes in the group’s report.