By Bill Heaney
“Last week, the chief medical officer announced that the service would resume, which is welcome.
“However, women arriving for IVF treatment have been sent away because a consent form from the Scottish Government’s central legal office had not yet been processed.
“That causes a continuing delay to treatment, which reduces the chances of women falling pregnant. Will the First Minister intervene to ensure that IVF treatment is not delayed any further?”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told her: “First, it is important to stress that the recommendation to temporarily defer fertility treatment for women who have not been fully vaccinated was taken as a clinical decision in response to emerging evidence and clinical concerns about the risk to mothers and babies of not being vaccinated.
“Those concerns were raised by lead clinicians in the four national health service assisted conception units.
“The concerns were based on patient safety, and the decision affected a small number of patients, although I understand the distress and trauma that it will have caused.
“For the vast majority of women, treatment was able to proceed without delay. The chief medical officer is now recommending that fertility treatment for unvaccinated patients no longer needs to be deferred.
“That decision will be given immediate effect, so that the treatment of patients can recommence. I am not aware of the administrative issue that Jackie Baillie has raised, but I will look into it and make sure that, if the issue subsists, it is rectified as soon as possible.”
Pictured above: The mother and unborn child are stretchered from the bombed maternity hospital.