6th July 2011
The world's first IVF lottery is giving people the chance to win £25,000 of fertility treatment.
Organised by the charity To Hatch, the lottery, which has been approved by the Gambling Commission, costs £20 to enter.
Anyone is eligible to enter, regardless of gender, age or sexuality, and tickets will eventually be sold in newsagents across the UK.
To Hatch's founder Camille Strachan said that the lottery will offer real help to people who cannot afford private IVF treatment and have been denied it by the NHS.
However, others have criticised the move, with some groups suggesting that it demeans the nature of human reproduction.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence suggests that couples should be offered three courses of IVF on the NHS. However, recent research found that 73 per cent of Trusts do not offer this many.
According to figures cited by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, in 2006 IVF had a success rate of 28.6 per cent.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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