NHS Scotland’s IVF triumph



100% of eligible patients are screened within the target time. The target has now been met without fail for nearly five years. The wider benefits for the mental health of women affected is immense. In England % Wales the system is in crisis and open to exploitation by the private sector.

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:


Worlds apart: IVF, mental health and exploitation in England and Scotland

A kinder and wiser approach to IVF treatment in Scotland: Meeting targets and reducing mental health complications



5 thoughts on “NHS Scotland’s IVF triumph

  1. Bugger (the Panda) February 27, 2019 / 8:19 am

    Maybe it helps that the ScotGov has NS in charge and a fair representation of womens ussues at the debate table.

    ENGLAND have the creatures from the Black Lagoon jockeying to make more mayhem

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  2. Bugger (the Panda) February 27, 2019 / 2:52 pm

    That is class lateral thinking

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  3. Ludo Thierry February 27, 2019 / 5:28 pm

    But nae monsters in Leicestershire South ( today at any rate). Am seeing nil coverage of the Alberto Costa (Tory, Leicestershire South) bag-carrier resignation on beeb Scotland which is curious, given the strong Scottish connections involved.

    Stand up and take a bow Alberto Costanze Costa MP – You may be an ultra Yoon Tory but ‘chapeau’ to you today. For anyone who hasn’t seen the clip of Tory Home Secretary Sajid Javid being completely wrong-footed and flummoxed in Committee by SNP MP Stuart McDonald it really is worth taking 1 min 26secs to watch it – link and snippets below:


    The home secretary appeared surprised when told the prime minister is not supporting a Brexit amendment from a Tory backbencher.

    Sajid Javid said there was “nothing” wrong with Alberto Costa’s bid to protect the rights of UK citizens in the EU, and vice versa, and said it had government backing.

    But the SNP’s Stuart McDonald said the prime minster said on Tuesday she was opposed to this move.

    The Insider offer a bit more detail – link and snippets below:


    Brexit chaos as Conservative MP resigns for pushing EU citizens’ plan backed by his own government

    A Conservative MP was forced to resign from the government for pushing a plan to safeguard EU citizens’ rights despite ministers saying they would vote for it.

    Alberto Costa tabled an amendment for this evening’s series of Brexit votes which called on May to strike to safeguard the rights of EU citizens even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

    Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the government would support the amendment on Wednesday, shortly before Costa was forced to resign, but May earlier indicated the government would oppose it.

    If the government does back the plan, it creates an extraordinary situation in which an MP will have been forced to resign for pushing a plan that had the explicit support of Downing Street.

    For those not familiar with Alberto he was whupped by Mike Weir when contesting Angus in 2010 and became an ‘economic migrant’ to Leicestershire South (which he duly won as an ultra yoon Tory in 2015). Alberto was later appointed as Fluffy Mundell’s bag-carrier (known as a PPS) since none of the ‘Scottish ‘ tory contingent were of sufficient quality to be appointed as a PPS.

    Now – Fluffy has repeatedly given the nod that he would bite the hard bullet to defend Scottish interests in the Brexit negotiations – but he still sits troughing comfortably in the Westminster cabinet (tea-boy extraordinaire) and continues to draw his mega salary. Meanwhile Alberto – his erstwhile bag-carrier has shown Fluffers how this ‘integrity’ stuff actually works and has been sacked for his trouble.

    Alice in Wonderland couldn’t devise such a tale. Alberto is forced to resign for pitching an amendment which David Lidington has ‘accepted’ this afternoon for the Tory/DUP Govt in the Commons chamber.

    Note: Mr Costa’s parents, who live in Glasgow, have never sought British nationality. He was made a Knight of the Star of Italy by the Italian government in 2017 for his work on behalf of EU citizens.

    Well Done Alberto – you’ve shown Fluffy up for the Empty Jaicket (Toom Tabard) that he really is.


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