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IVF waiting times action needed

20th October 2009

Labour has said action must be taken by the government in Scotland in order to end what it calls a "postcode lottery" for IVF treatment.


After one of her constituents contacted her about IVF waiting times, Jackie Baillie MSP got in touch with each Scottish NHS board.

Ms Baillie said the results she received revealed there were significant variations in how long it took to receive the treatment across Scotland.

She said some women were having to wait three years on average for IVF in the area with the highest waiting time, NHS Lothian.

Jackie Sansbury, director of strategic planning and modernisation at NHS Lothian, said the board gave couples the chance of three cycles of treatment.

She added: "As part of a review of our fertility services we are investing an additional £180,000 to increase the number of IVF cycles we are able to offer by around 40% during 2009/2010."

The fastest board was NHS Borders, which did not have a waiting list and treated every patient within six months of them being referred.

Ms Baillie said: "It is unfair that patients in some parts of Scotland have to wait three years for treatment when others are treated in less than 12 months."

"There is also no consistency in the rules," she added.


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