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The panel members will be journalist HANNAH DEVLIN (Science Editor at The Times and The Sunday Times), DR SIMON FISHEL (Managing Director of CARE Fertility) and PROFESSOR NICK MACKLON (Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton). They will debate the following questions.
- What are the responsibilities of journalists and editors, when reporting on breakthroughs in fertility treatment?
- What are the responsibilities of fertility professionals when promoting novel techniques to the media, and when offering novel techniques to patients?
- Is there a practical or a moral difference between recommending therapies with a weak evidence base, and simply making such therapies available?
- Do the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority or professional bodies have a responsibility to minimise the risk of patients being exploited?
- Where does the boundary between patient choice and patient exploitation lie?
There will be a small reception following the debate.