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CCG unable to fund IVF in York


19 August 2014

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Funding pressures mean that Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) will not be able to fund fertility treatments in 2014/15. 
The former primary care trust (PCT) cut funding for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 2010. 
Following governing body discussion, the CCG decided not to routinely commission assisted conception services. 
Around 110 couples will come forward for IVF treatment, which Dr Tim Hughes, GP member of the governing body, said could cost as much as £2 million per year. 

Funding pressures mean that Vale of York clinical commissioning group (CCG) will not be able to fund fertility treatments in 2014/15. 
The former primary care trust (PCT) cut funding for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 2010. 
Following governing body discussion, the CCG decided not to routinely commission assisted conception services. 
Around 110 couples will come forward for IVF treatment, which Dr Tim Hughes, GP member of the governing body, said could cost as much as £2 million per year. 
He said: “Commissioning IVF services carries a great element of financial risk for the CCG. 
“To put this into perspective, in a year, £2 million equates to either two fully staffed and operational hospital wards, 293 major hip replacements, treatment for more than 21,500 average attendances at accident and emergency or 43 qualified nurses employed full time for a year.” 
However, Dr Hughes said that CCG aspires to meet the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence criteria and to commission IVF for couples in York. 
The decision will be discussed again towards the end of the financial year in April 2015. 

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