Professor Adam Balen, Chair of the British Fertility Society said:

 

“We greatly welcome this announcement from the Scottish Government – it means that from 1 April, new patients referred for IVF treatment on the NHS in Scotland may be eligible for three full cycles rather than two, increasing their chances of conceiving a baby. This is great news for people in Scotland planning a family who have fertility problems.

 

“Infertility affects one in seven couples, and treatment should be available on the NHS. Infertility can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, causing distress, depression, and the breakdown of relationships.

 

“IVF treatment is cost-effective and enables childless couples the chance to have much wanted families.

 

“There is now a gulf between IVF funding in Scotland and England and the British Fertility Society is disappointed that there is still a postcode lottery for IVF treatment across England with many CCGs offering fewer cycles and going against the current NICE guidance on this. These current health inequalities people face are unacceptable and the BFS urgently calls for all UK commissioners and healthcare providers to follow NICE Fertility Guidelines.”