Radio: The Report on assisted reproduction

BBC Radio 4, Thursday 27 August, 8-8.30pm. Available soon on the iPlayer, and currently as a podcast.

“Babies are big business: more than 35,000 women undergo fertility treatment in the UK each year. With many couples facing a postcode lottery for free IVF treatment on the NHS, some have turned to an illegal market in fertility drugs to make the process affordable. Nadene Ghouri investigates the trade and examines claims that it could lead to women taking big risks with their health.”

The programme went further than this, also discussing the regulation of assisted reproduction in the UK; errors, and whistleblowing at clinics.

The Chair of the HFEA, Professor Lisa Jardine claimed that electronic witnessing (eg of embryo transfer) is desirable in all clinics, but did not explain why the HFEA has not chosen to require this in the Code of Practice.

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