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Desperate Couples Exploited by Opportunistic Private Fertility Clinics, Experts Warn

May 17, 2016

(The Telegraph) – Half of all women prescribed fertility treatments do not need help getting pregnant and are at risk of exploitation by private clinics, a leading expert has warned. Dr John Parsons, founder and former director of King’s College Hospital’s assisted conception unit, said clinics were having a “free-for-all” at the expense of desperate couples. The criticism came as the UK’s fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, said it was becoming “increasingly concerned” that private clinics were offering “add-on” treatments which have not been properly tested.

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