In another oh-so-typical BBC Scotland story of one disgruntled patient used to imply a wider crisis of some kind, we hear:
Jemma McDonald was due to begin IVF almost five years after she and her partner started trying to have a baby.
Two days before Christmas, the 25-year-old discovered she could no longer be treated because she was unvaccinated.
The Scottish government has deferred fertility treatment for all patients who are not fully vaccinated – unless they are waiting to become eligible for a booster.
It said the decision was based on uncertainty about how pregnant women were affected by the Omicron variant amid rising cases.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59914425
McDonald is yet another product of the Fiona Stalker school of stalker-journalism at BBC Scotland Drivetime, where tweets are used to attract complainants. Labour’s Jackie Baillie was then platformed to suggest that ‘no attempt had been made to understand individual circumstances,’ by the SNP Government, it seems.
There’s no sign of this key advice from the UK Government:
Getting the vaccine is one of the most vital ways in which you can protect yourself and your baby from COVID-19, which can be really dangerous for pregnant women – of those pregnant women in hospital with symptomatic COVID-19, 98% are unvaccinated.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/unvaccinated-mothers-urge-pregnant-women-to-get-jabbed
Finally, returning the carefully worded 5-year wait before treatment. Did BBC Scotland check out the data for IVF treatment this year?
The 90% standard was met, with all [100%] patients attending a screening appointment within 52 weeks from referral. 99.7% of patients waited 39 weeks or less to be screened, similar to the previous quarter (99.4%).https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/ivf-waiting-times-in-scotland/ivf-waiting-times-in-scotland-quarter-ending-30-september-2021/