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‘You never believe you’re going to be in the 70 per cent who don’t succeed.’Gill and Mark, who works for a water company, began trying to have a family soon after they married five-and-a-half years ago and sought medical advice after a year.
With no explanation for their failure to conceive, they were soon swept up in the relentless roller coaster that is IVF.
‘In our area you only get one round of IVF on the NHS, not the three that NICE recommends,’ says Gill.
Little wonder, you might think, that Lord Winston peppered his comments with words like ‘exploitation’ and ‘scandal’.
Some top clinics, he said, are charging £350 a year to preserve frozen embryos and eggs, when the liquid nitrogen they are kept in costs 70p a flask and storage costs amount to no more than £10 a year.
The Care Fertility Group, which claims to be the UK’s largest independent provider of IVF, saw its profits go from £2.37 million to £4.1 million last year.
The clinic’s parent company JD Healthcare is 95 per cent owned by Mr Ahuja and it turned over £10.87 million last year, a 23 per cent increase on the previous year.
Take the Lister Fertility Clinic, established in 1988 and run by clinical director Hossam Abdalla, who owns two-thirds of the company and is also a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which oversees the IVF industry.However, the truth is that many attached and even married people are also using the internet as a way to meet new people and to develop relationships.Sometimes they are seeking only friendship, but more often than not, they are indulging in extra-marital affairs and infidelity.Hearing that the costs could be halved hurts.’ Tamsin and husband Andrew, 43, a sign maker, were so terrified of the costs in Britain that they travelled to Sweden for IVF, which led to the arrival of twins Isabella and Francesca, eight, and daughter Azaria, five.Ironically, they then had a surprise natural arrival — little Ellphia, now two.Only three years ago, the HFEA told private clinics they should provide ‘clear and accurate’ information in the form of personalised, costed treatment plans after a survey found that more than one-in-four fertility patients had ended up paying more than they expected.‘When you are in the middle of a cycle, you can’t just stop if they need another £100 for this test or that test; you are on the train, it’s moving and you will pay anything,’ she says.