‘Devastating blow’ as some IVF procedures suspended for 90 days in Victoria

A Victorian woman has filmed a heartbreaking plea to politicians, after the government dealt couples trying to conceive a “devastating blow” as the highly infectious Omicron variant sparks staff shortages and surgery bans in the fertility treatment sector.

Hours after announcing a ban on all non-urgent elective surgery on January 6, Health Minister Martin Foley told reporters that IVF clinics were being contacted by authorities and asked to cancel their appointments with clients in an effort to free up more health resources.