8th April 2011
Conservatives vying for the leadership of the Scottish parliament have announced plans to set up a £5 million infertility unit in a bid to wipe out the "IVF lottery" in Scotland.
The proposal, which leaders say is "at the heart of the NHS", is one of a number of family-friendly measures being put forward by the party in their manifesto for the May 5th election, the Scotsman reported.
It follows a report by Infertility Network Scotland, which showed that waiting times for IVF could vary by several months, or even years in some places.
Scottish conservative leader Annabel Goldie said: "IVF may be the only source of hope for many couples wanting to start a family. It has to be at the heart of the NHS and the Scottish Conservatives want to be sure that all couples, regardless of where they live, have access to that care and advice."
Other health measures put forward included changes to private healthcare provision and nursery entitlement.
Scottish Conservatives currently hold 16 of the 129 seats in the parliament.
By Philip Briggs
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