Debate: NICE and infertility treatment

You are invited to attend the Progress Educational Trust’s FREE public debate ‘NICE TRY…BUT IS ANYONE LISTENING?‘ at London’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the evening of Tuesday 16 April 2013. This event is taking place from 6.30pm-8pm, and is sponsored by the British Fertility Society.

The debate will see speakers including DR JAMES KINGSLAND (President of the National Association of Primary Care) and DR YACOUB KHALAF (Director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Assisted Conception Unit) debate the key changes that have recently been made to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)’s Clinical Guideline on Fertility.

The provision of fertility services on the NHS has fallen short of the standards set by NICE’s original 2004 fertility guideline. The updated guideline expands the range of people who may be eligible for NHS-funded treatment, giving hope to those who may previously have been denied treatment on grounds including age or having a same-sex partner. These hopes may be dashed, however, if the current provision of fertility treatment does not improve.

This debate will consider the current levels of access to treatment in England, as well as the finer detail of the updated fertility guideline and what the future holds. If you should like to attend, please RSVP by email at sstarr [at]

In addition to being invited to attend the 16 April event, you are also invited to respond to an online poll about donor conception which forms part of its Wellcome Trust supported project ‘WHEN IT TAKES MORE THAN TWO’.

The poll contains six questions (all of which were suggested by audiences at the Progress Educational Trust’s last three public events) and takes only a few minutes to complete. All responses will be anonymous.


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