Women relocate to access IVF treatment

Most women would consider moving to access fertility treatment on the NHS, according to a poll of 1,000 She magazine readers.

Move home to get IVF

The survey follows reports of fertility spending cuts in England and a 2009 report by the Department of Health showing that only 30% of health trusts fund three cycles of IVF fertility treatment.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend Primary Health Trusts fund three cycles of IVF treatment for women aged 23 to 39 on the NHS. The funding includes; extracting eggs, fertilisation, implanting embryos in the womb, freezing embryos not used, and implanting the frozen ones at a later date if necessary.

However, the reality for many parents is just one cycle of IVF on the NHS. In 2009, a Department of Health report highlighted that only  30% of health trusts offered three cycles, 23% offer two cycles and 47% fund just one cycle.

Health trusts suspend fertility funding in England

The charity, The Infertility Network, reports that 11 health care trusts in England have suspended funding for new referrals, meaning that no cycle of IVF treatment will be provided. The ban will be reviewed in April, but spending pressures indicate few will reinstate the funding.

Areas affected by suspension of fertility treatment;

  • Bury
  • Medway
  • North Yorkshire
  • South West Essex
  • Stockport
  • Surrey
  • Sutton and Merton
  • Warrington
  • Warrickshire
  • West Kent
  • West Sussex

In Scotland, trusts are told to fund three cycles. In England, most health care trusts decide on whether to fund IVF treatment. The Infertility Network said yesterday: “For many, the NHS is not an option because of their ­postcode. This is a cruel and ­unjustifiable situation which must end quickly.”

Would you move to get fertility treatment?

Source:

Telegraph Health trusts suspend IVF Funding, 14 Mar 2011

Further Information on Fertility:

Sign the She magazine ‘fairility’ petition at www.allaboutyou.com/shefairtility.
Infertility Network website www.infertilitynetworkuk.com

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