NHS access to IVF ‘being cut across England’

A UK charity has said the country’s National Health Service (NHS) is cutting down on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in 13 areas in England in order to save money.

Fertility Network UK has said the situation is getting worse in comparison to Scotland, where women can get three full cycles of IVF funded by the NHS.

The move is also being considered by another eight areas.

According to Fertility Network UK, there was a 46 per cent drop in the number of clinical commissioning groups offering three full cycles of IVF in the last four years.

Groups led by general practitioners in some areas of England are suggesting that IVF is only provided to women aged 30 to 35.

Professor Simon Fishel, a member of the team that pioneered IVF in the UK, told the Guardian: “You have to treat citizens equally and this is a deliberate inequality and obfuscation and allows some areas to say they are offering IVF but when it comes down to the detail, only a tiny fraction of those who need it have access to it.”ADNFCR-2094-ID-801838702-ADNFCR