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Every IVF patient seen on time

Published: 23 Feb 2016 12:00
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Waiting time performance remains 100 per cent.

Public Health Minister Maureen Watt has today welcomed figures showing that for the third consecutive quarter, 100 per cent of patients screened for IVF treatment in Scotland were seen within 12 months.

Today's figures, for the quarter ending December 2015, show that performance has been maintained since the Scottish Government's target was delivered ahead of schedule last March.

The Scottish Government has invested nearly £18 million over four financial years to 2015/16, specifically to reduce and maintain waiting times.

Ms Watt said: "I am delighted that Scotland is leading the way in the provision of NHS IVF treatment. The implementation and early achievement of this target was fantastic and I'm really pleased that performance has now reached 100 per cent for three consecutive quarters.

"Our investment of almost £18 million has had a dramatic effect, with patients from all 14 NHS Boards starting treatment in one of the four NHS IVF centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, within 12 months.

"This commitment means that we can continue to meet our waiting times targets and give patients in Scotland access to a more generous and fairer service than elsewhere in the UK."

Notes to editors

Reducing waiting times for IVF patients potentially improves the chance of a successful outcome.

The Scottish Government determined that the IVF waiting times target should be delivered for at least 90 per cent of patients from 1 April 2015, as for some it may not be clinically appropriate for treatment to begin within 12 months.

The Scottish Government's National Infertility group reconvened for a review, to reflect on access criteria changes implemented on 1 July 2013, and emerging clinical evidence in light of the new treatment pathways. The review is considering a range of issues, to ensure access to IVF treatment remains fair, reliable and timely.

The expert group will meet at the end of February to consider economic and data modelling outcomes, and will consider at this meeting what recommendations it will make to Ministers.

Latest waiting times figures are available here: