Tuesday 6 December 2016

NHS criticised over porn supply

Published 08/09/2010 | 12:13

NHS trusts have been criticised for supplying pornography to IVF couples
NHS trusts have been criticised for supplying pornography to IVF couples

NHS trusts have been criticised for supplying pornography to couples undergoing IVF.

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The think tank 2020health.org said the use of porn to help men produce sperm samples promoted "adultery of the mind".

It surveyed 93 NHS trusts that provide fertility services, of which 33 offer pornography in their IVF clinics.

Fifteen trusts got the material free of charge, as donations from patients or publishers, while 18 paid for material, which included DVDs and magazines.

These 18 trusts spent up to £100 each a year on porn, with the average spend on magazines being £21.32 per trust per year and a similar amount for DVDs.

All trusts used magazines and six clinics provided DVDs. Fifteen trusts purchased material from newsagents.

The cost of DVD equipment was generally not reported. However, one trust - the Royal Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust - spent £7,350 on a media suite for its clinic for the viewing of pornography, the study said.

The think tank estimated the NHS spends £700 a year on porn, excluding the cost of viewing equipment.

Its director, Julia Manning, the report's author, said two-thirds of NHS trusts surveyed did not supply porn, showing there was no genuine need for it.

"We know of no government authorisation that sanctioned this, or any exception to any NHS trust's employment terms that allow staff to have pornographic material at work."

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