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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough stop IVF

8 September, 2017

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough stop IVF

Free fertility treatment on the NHS is to be stopped in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The area is the third in the UK to withdraw free IVF treatment, following Croydon and parts of Essex. 

Government guidelines recommend that women under 40 should be offered three free cycles if they have been trying to conceive for three years.

The decision, which follows a 20-week public consultation, will save the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) a total of £700,000 a year.

CCG chair Dr Gary Howsam said it was a hard decision, but the NHS funding situation in the area is ‘desperate’.

‘We need to save £46.5m this financial year, and so we have had to review all areas of our spending and to make some difficult decisions,’ he said.

More than 3000 have signed a petition against the cuts, which says: ‘We must not allow this option for couples to be ended.’

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