BFS response to HFEA press release on latest figures for sperm donor recruitment

Dr. Mark Hamilton, Chair of the British Fertility Society said:

“The BFS notes with interest the HFEA’s report of a slight increase in the number of sperm donors registering in the UK in 2006.

The BFS remains concerned that availability of sperm donation services remains patchy at best throughout the country. The Society is aware of several centres which have now withdrawn donor insemination services to patients, and for those who may be fortunate to be able to access treatment, costs and waiting times have greatly increased.

A working party convened by the BFS, with representation from providers, patients, the Regulator and the Department of Health will be reporting shortly with an analysis of the present situation and will make recommendations on national service delivery to address the present difficulties.”