IVF services get £12m funding24th September 2012
The Scottish government has confirmed it is to invest £12 million in the provision of IVF services over the next three years.
The move comes in a bid to decrease waiting times for treatment and ensure couples wait a maximum of a year for access to IVF treatment by 2015.
The government said it would invest £2 million in 2012-13, £4 million in 2013-14 and £6 million in the following year.
However NHS Fife said it would not allow couples access to IVF treatment if they were smokers or if the female was overweight.
The Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said: "There is a great demand for fertility treatment and we know it can be very upsetting for patients to have to wait for treatment, especially when the amount of time couples wait for treatment can vary across the country."
"This funding will enable NHS boards to invest in their IVF services, and will help to achieve our 12 month waiting times commitment, which will ensure that eligible patients have equity of access for this treatment."
"This will mean, for the first time ever in Scotland, all eligible patients will receive treatment within 12 months of being diagnosed as requiring IVF."
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Title: IVF services get £12m funding
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 22782
Date Added: 24th Sep 2012