Fertility Fairness’ 2016 audit of England’s 209 CCGs shows a marked reduction in access to NHS-funded IVF, with potential further cuts ahead.
Professor Adam Balen, Chair of the British Fertility Society said:
“This national audit from Fertility Fairness shows the stark reality of IVF provision in England. It is shocking that only four out of England’s 209 CCGs follow NICE guidance on access to NHS fertility treatment fully. Current access to treatment is a postcode lottery and these health inequalities people face are unacceptable.
“The BFS urgently calls for all UK commissioners and healthcare providers to follow NICE Fertility Guidelines. Scotland is leading the way with offering 3 cycles of IVF for all couples even when one already has children from a previous relationship. England needs to follow suit urgently and help people plan a family who have fertility problems, a condition with affects one in seven couples.
“Infertility can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, causing distress, depression, and the breakdown of relationships. IVF treatment is cost-effective and should be available on the NHS.”