Mr Tony Rutherford, Chairman of the British Fertility Society said:

“It is extremely disappointing that Warrington Primary Care Trust have decided to suspend funding for IVF services.  This is a retrograde step, out of keeping with all messages coming from central Government, and shows scant regard for the needs of the one in six couples who suffer from infertility.  Preceding Government Ministers, and indeed the current Prime Minister, have all outlined the unfairness of the post-code lottery, and made pledges to see a fair and equitable infertility service across the UK.

“Infertility is recognised as a physical illness by most professional organisations including the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health. Although not directly life threatening, infertility causes patients considerable distress and can lead to significant psychological harm.  UK society is based on family life and by excluding infertility patients from having effective treatment, this policy denies them the opportunity to have what most would regard as a fundamental right: a family.

“The British Fertility Society calls on Warrington PCT to reconsider their decision and provide eligible patients with access to IVF treatment, in line with the recommendations from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence.”

Notes for editors:

Current guidance from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence state that all eligible patients should be provided with access to three rounds of fertility treatment. To see the full guidance, click here.