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Campaigners slam CCG cut to IVF offering

Campaigners slam CCG cut to IVF offering

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West Essex clinical commissioning group (CCG) is considering cutting the number of IVF cycles offered to young women from three to two. 

However, infertility campaigners have slammed the idea, claiming a reduction would not meet current guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). 

The guidelines recommend up to three cycles for anyone who meets the eligibility criteria. 

Yet WECCG may only allow two cycles for women aged 23-39. 

The plan will allow for more same-sex couples, older women and people with a disability to improve their chances of conception, the CCG has said. 

Dr Christine Moss, clinical director at WECCG, said: “National lobby groups may be looking to criticise individual CCGs, however, WECCG is concerned about the views of our local residents and how the changes will impact them.

“Our proposals are about making the money go around, ensuring we listen to our patients and responding accordingly”

National Infertility Awareness Campaign chairwoman, Susan Seenan said: “We strongly encourage West Essex CCG to retain the three full cycles of IVF they currently offer.”

“It has been proven to be the most clinically and cost effective number for commissioners to offer on the NHS. Given the length of time that has transpired since, it would be incredibly disappointing to see the provision decrease.

“Other regions have achieved this and it is what patients expect of their health service.”

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