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Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking (a) to monitor and (b) to audit the implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines on IVF treatment across England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. (159047)

When the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published the clinical guideline on fertility services in 2004, we made it clear that we expected primary care trusts (PCTs) in England to move over time to the provision of three cycles of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) as recommended. We are working with the patient support organisation Infertility Network UK to help PCTs to identify and share best practice in the provision of fertility services and achieving the NICE guidelines. To support this work, and help identify where the national health service may need further assistance in delivering services in an equitable way, the Department will monitor IVF provision.