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One in 100 women having IVF 'suffer adverse incident'

One in every 100 women who use IVF to conceive suffer an "adverse incident", fresh data has revealed. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority found 500 to 600 mistakes were made in every 60,000 cycles of fertility treatments in the UK.

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Fertility clinics need fewer 'grade C mistakes'

Too many fertility clinics are making mistakes during IVF treatment such as breaches of confidentiality or one of many eggs being rendered unusable, the head of the industry watchdog has said.

HFEA chairwoman Sally Cheshire explained:

What's most important is learning the lessons from errors made to minimise the chance of their happening again - this is not about naming and shaming.

However, there remain too many grade C mistakes, such as breaches of confidentiality. As patients have often told us, these mistakes may be less serious at first glance but they can still be very upsetting.

Clinics can and should be eradicating these sorts of avoidable errors, which will go a long way towards reducing patient distress and improving the overall experience of IVF treatment

– Sally Cheshire

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