Local MLA presses for urgent action on IVF

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Monday, February 10th, 2020

SDLP Health spokesperson Sinead Bradley MLA raised the New Decade, New Approach to providing three cycles of IVF recently with Permanent Secretary, Richard Pengelly.

The South Down MLA, “Today at the Health Committee, the Permanent Secretary made it quite clear that the Regional Fertility Centre does not have the capacity at present to deliver on the commitment made in New Decade, New Approach about increasing the IVF cycle available on the NHS.

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“The Permanent Secretary highlighted challenges relating to infrastructure and workforce that made it difficult to deliver on this in the near future.



“Increasing access to IVF has long been SDLP policy and we warmly welcome its inclusion in the deal to restore Stormont.

“However, these challenges outlined by the Permanent Secretary mean that while they are waiting to expand the capacity to provide this service, many women may cross the age threshold and become ineligible.

“I made it clear that it was my view that this would be grossly unjust and cause distress for many women across the North.



“I asked the Permanent Secretary to urgently raise this issue with the Minister for Health and scope out options to make increased cycles available to women who would otherwise cross the threshold.

She added, “I welcome the timely response from the Minister who advised he will consider all options.”




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