Is the country running short of people?

Letter to the Independent after they spent whole three pages bemoaning the “postcode lottery” that exists for free IVF treatment on the NHS:


In an age when we are finding it increasingly difficult to house, feed, employ, educate and find power for the population we already have, I find it hard to justify any free IVF treatment on the NHS at all. Did we suddenly decide we’re running short of people or something?

Just because we can do something it does not automatically apply that we should, or that it is a good thing. I am sure that the guidelines are well-meaning, and I sympathise with those couples who feel the need to have a family but can’t. But there is a bigger picture that is being missed, and the stretched resources of the NHS would be better spent in less self-indulgent ways.

Paul Harper