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Infertility Treatment

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State, Department of Health, the hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) Official Report, columns 125-26WH, on infertility treatment, what funding she is providing for Infertility Network UK to conduct the work she has commissioned; what areas she expects to be covered by Infertility Network UK in the course of its work; when she expects the work to be completed; whether she plans to publish a report on the work completed; whether she plans to publish an interim report; and if she will make a statement. (123496)

We are giving a three-year project grant to Infertility Network UK to help primary care trusts share best practice in the provision of fertility services and engage with fertility patients in the planning and prioritisation of services. In the current year, the project funding is £21,000, increasing to £25,000 in 2007-08 and 2008-09. This is in addition to three-year core funding of £30,000 a year.

Once Infertility Network UK has completed an analysis of current provision, we will discuss taking the initial findings forward with including making the results of this work publicly available. As the project progresses, they will liaise with primary care trusts to discuss approaches to the provision of fertility services and the dissemination of good practice.