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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects all NHS trusts to implement fully the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on infertility. (95275)

The primary responsibility for implementing the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's guidelines, including the rate of implementation, rests with the national health service at local level. Local policies on the provision of treatment services reflect local health needs and priorities. We are supporting a new project by the voluntary organisation Infertility Network UK on ways in which it can work with primary care trusts (PCTs) to help ensure that fertility patients’ voices are heard when decisions about the provision of services are made at local level. We have asked PCTs to co-operate with this project.