In October 2010 I founded the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on infertility which is made up of MPs and Lords from all sides of the Houses of Parliament. In the absence of an In-Vitro Fertilisation group I decided that I should set up and an APPG that caters for couples who suffer from infertility. The group will take evidence from interested parties and act on these findings and considerations when voting in Parliament or amending legislation.It will also act as a mouthpiece whenever this issue is raised and will apply pressure on the Department of Health and Local Primary Care Trusts where needed.
IVF treatment was invented in this country with Robert Edwards, its inventor, who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize. It is a highly emotional and invasively physical time for couples, whether you are rich or poor. Each treatment can cost up to £5,000 so it is not something that all childless couples can afford so I intend speaking up on their behalf and will keep you informed of our progress.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Infertility launched its report: ‘Holding back the British IVF Revolution’ on Tuesday, 7th June 2011. The report examines NHS IVF provision across the UK today.
On 3rd December 2012 I hosted an event with Valerie Vaz MP which was to introduce and discuss the work of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and to discuss the recent consultation on mitochondrial replacement.