Astonishing hypocrisy of a Scottish Tory on IVF

This one required the shiniest of brass necks. A Tory tries to convince us her party cares about the people in need of IVF when, in England, it is responsible for the most appalling corruption and cruelty in that same domain.

Much of this is a repeat and getting out of date but, I think, still makes the necessary points:

New IVF treatment is on hold while the coronavirus outbreak is prioritised. This has caused some suffering but seems unavoidable for the moment. I feel sure the Health Secretary and the First Minister will not hesitate to restart the programme as soon as they can.

In case you need a reminder of how good Scotland’s IVF programme is, see this from December 2019:

During the quarter ending December 2019:

  • The four IVF centres in Scotland screened 437 eligible patients, compared with 370 in the previous quarter.
  • In all four centres, 100% of patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days, of which 80.8% were screened within 182 days.
  • The 90% standard continues to be met since it was first measured in March 2015.

And, in case you need a reminder of just why this programme really matters, because you’ll never hear it from BBC Scotland or the Herald, here’s something written earlier and posted often:

Why does this matter so much that BBC Scotland should report it? You may have read this before here….several times… we attempt to persuade Reporting Scotland to ‘drop the dead baby’ in its favour.

Reducing associated mental health complications

Failing to treat infertility can result in problems and further costs for the NHS in other areas. A Danish study of 98 737 women, between 1973 and 2003, showed that women who were unable to have children were 47% more likely to be hospitalised for schizophrenia and had a significantly higher risk of subsequent drug and alcohol abuse.

Meanwhile in Tory-run NHS England, only 12% of boards offer three full cycles in line with official guidance. 61% offer only one cycle of treatment and 4% offer none at all.

A warning for Scotland’s 100% IVF post-Brexit: How moneygrubbing Tory IVF policies are creating massive distress now in England

How IVF became a licence to print money.

As we tumble toward a hard Brexit and trade deals with the USA allowing the private sector into the heart of the NHS, we can see how things will work out in the already privatised IVF service in England and contrast it with the state-controlled and regulated version, in Scotland. See this from the Guardian:

‘Private fertility clinics routinely try to sell desperate patients add-ons that almost certainly don’t help – why isn’t more done to monitor the industry?  Around three-quarters of all IVF cycles fail. And results vary with age. Figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) published in March state the average live birth-rate for each fresh embryo transferred for women of all ages is 21%; for those aged under 35, it is 29% – the highest it has ever been. For older women, the picture is bleaker: 10% for women aged 40-42, for example. IVF is expensive. And what makes it worse, says Hugh Risebrow, the report’s author, is the lack of pricing transparency. “The headline prices quoted may be, say, £3,500, but you end up with a bill of £7,000,” he says. “This is because there are things not included that you need – and then things that are offered but are not evidence-based.”’

Creating opportunities for the private sector

In Tory-run NHS England, only 12% of boards offer three full cycles in line with official guidance. 61% offer only one cycle of treatment and 4% offer none at all. Private treatment costs between £1 343 and £5 788 per cycle.

Why UK politicians would like more privatisation in the NHS

There are 64 Tory and Labour (New) MPs with ‘links’ to private health care. Why would we trust them to protect the NHS? See this:

3 thoughts on “Astonishing hypocrisy of a Scottish Tory on IVF”

  1. One thought comes to my mind, if a bit unsavoury and possibly involving the use of a turkey baster. Ms Davidson must have used, if not IVF in order to become pregnant, at least some artificial aid. In which case, I would have expected her to be much more sympathetic to those who are obliged to attempt IVF and make sure it was available on the NHS for those who fulfilled the necessary criteria.


  2. Interesting to read about the IVF program in Scotland. In the US, IVF is very much a privatized business. Some states require insurance coverage, but you still got to a private doctor and it gets very expensive.

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