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Health & Fitness Couples face IVF ‘postcode lottery’ – report

21:21  10 august  2020
21:21  10 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Couples with fertility problems are being subjected to a postcode lottery of NHS care, a new report concludes.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) surveyed local health bodies and found “vast” differences between national guidance and the care provided to women with fertility issues.

In England it is recommended that women under 40 should be offered three full cycles of IVF, and those aged 40-42 should be offered one cycle.

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Couples seeking IVF treatment to help them have a baby face a “ postcode lottery ” across Scotland, official figures suggest.

But Freedom of Information requests sent to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) revealed that four in five (80%) fund fewer than the three recommend cycles, and 64% only offer one cycle.

And 55 CCGs do not offer any fertility treatment to women aged 40 or over.

Fourteen local health bodies only provide services for women aged 35 and under.

The authors of the report wrote: “The restriction of IVF services to women of relatively young ages runs counter to a general trend in the population towards later motherhood, as more people choose to delay starting a family.”

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Couples struggling to conceive face a “ postcode lottery ” over whether they qualify for IVF treatment on the NHS, a report has claimed. A review of primary care trusts’ (PCTs’) policies on providing fertility treatment revealed “baby boundaries” in which couples in different areas of the country face different

NHS IVF is unavailable to couples in many areas if either of them has children from a previous relationship. "England pioneered the development of IVF but that achievement means far less if the people who benefit from this amazing, life-creating technology are determined by their postcode or

Meanwhile 96% do not offer IVF treatment to women with a body mass index (BMI) score of over 30.

The majority of clinics also only offer NHS IVF treatment to patients who have no children.

The authors conclude: “IVF provision is subject to enormous variation across England according to decisions made at the CCG level.”

Marta Jansa Perez, director of embryology at Bpas, said: “Access to any form of healthcare should be rooted in clinical evidence.

“Sadly, this report demonstrates that for most patients in need of fertility treatment, this is simply not the case.

“It is deeply unfair that systemic problems with funding have effectively created a fertility pot-luck, with devastating consequences for some patients.”


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Charities and professional bodies are calling on Health Secretary to 'stop the clock' as delays caused by pandemic mean fertility patients face falling outside age criteria required for NHS-funded care.Zoe*, 34, is one of hundreds of women who are calling on the government to ‘stop the clock’ when it comes to IVF treatment and honour the support they would have received, had coronavirus lockdown not halted clinics for much of 2020.

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