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Assisted Conception

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients who had received treatment at Leeds General Infirmary's Assisted Conception Unit before November 2002 have since taken DNA tests; [106851](2) whether the Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust will make public how many families are at risk from errors of procedure made at Leeds General Infirmary's Assisted Conception Unit; and how many families have been informed of this risk. [106852]

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Trust believes this incident to be an extremely rare occurrence. Since then, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has asked clinics to put new procedures in place to minimise risks even further. The judgment issued last November in the High Court of Justice and the statement issued by the trust made clear that any patient with concerns should discuss them with the trust. Those discussions are a matter for the trust and its patients. So far, five people have raised concerns with the trust, three families have received counselling and one family is considering DNA testing. So far, no one has taken a DNA test.