Fertility expert says IVF clinics exploit women - Telegraph
"Lord Winston, the fertility expert, has said that IVF clinics are exploiting women who are desperate for a baby.
Robert Winston, professor of fertility studies at Imperial College London, has said couples are being charged over the odds and the fertility watchdog is doing too little to protect them.
"One of the major problems facing us in healthcare is that IVF has become a massive commercial industry," he said.
"It’s very easy to exploit people by the fact that they’re desperate and you’ve got the technology which they want, which may not work."
Lord Winston is one of the world’s most respected medical academics and researcher of the human reproductive system. But he is perhaps best known as the presenter of the Human Body and Super Human television series.
He said: "Amazing sums of money are being made through IVF.
"It is really rather depressing to consider that some IVF treatments in London are charged at ten times the fee that is charged in Melbourne, where there is excellent medicine, where IVF is just as successful, where they have comparable salaries - money is corrupting this whole technology."
Lord Winston, who was speaking at the Hay Literary Festival in mid-Wales, said: "Hundreds of women are being exploited out of their desperation to get pregnant from people who are taking large sums of money from them in private clinics."
"The regulatory authority has done a consistently bad job," he said of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. "It’s not prevented the exploitation of women." "
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