Fertility Treatment

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health, Social Services and Public Safety – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:00 pm on 14 October 2002.

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Photo of Bairbre de Brún Bairbre de Brún Sinn Féin 3:00, 14 October 2002

Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. Áirítear seirbhísí neamhthorthúlachta sna ceithre bhord sláinte agus seirbhísí sóisialta mar chlinicí ginearálta gínéiceolaíochta; mar sin de níl saineolas ar bith ar fáil maidir le hamanna feithimh do chlinicí neamhthorthúlachta.

Cuimsíonn cóireáil neamhthorthúlachta drugaí, máinliacht, inseamhnú saorga agus teicníochtaí cúnta giniúna mar IVF (toirchiú in vitro). Fanann cuid othar le cóireáil agus iad ar liostaí feithimh ginearálta, mar shampla, i ngnícéiceolaíocht, agus ní féidir iad a mhiondealú de réir diagnóise nó de réir reachta.

Fertility services in the four health and social services boards are counted under general gynaecology clinics, and no specific information in regard to waiting times for infertility clinics is available. Infertility treatment includes drugs, surgery, artificial insemination and assisted conception techniques, such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Some patients await treatment on general waiting lists — for example, in gynaecology — and it is not possible to disaggregate those by diagnosis or condition.