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In Vitro Fertilisation

Volume 495: debated on Friday 3 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of primary care trusts which have implemented National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations on provision of both single embryo transfer and three cycles of in vitro fertilisation/intracytoplasmic sperm injection. (283984)

A recent survey on the number of cycles of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) offered by primary care trusts was published on the Department's website in June 2009 and can be found at:

The references to IVF also include intracytoplasmic sperm injection. We do not collect information centrally on the local implementation of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's policy of licensed fertility clinics increasing single embryo transfer in order to reduce the incidence of multiple births following IVF.