Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) yesterday (1 February) approved a recommendation to revise its policy for funding specialist fertility services (including IVF) following a public consultation.
Starting immediately and until the policy is reviewed in February 2019, Southend CCG has decided to fund one round of specialist fertility services for residents under the age of 40, unless there are exceptional clinical cases.
Dr Jose Garcia Lobera, Chair of Southend CCG, said: “It has been incredibly tough decision for the CCG Governing Body members to make but we have listened to the responses of the public consultation and rather that fully restrict IVF, we are offering one cycle of IVF to those under the age of 40. We aware it will be a huge disappointment for people affected by fertility issues in Southend.
Members have considered every aspect of its decision and in particular the profound concerns that some people have expressed about revising this policy.
But at this moment in time the CCG needs to make £10 million in savings and further savings next year. We have to consider the complete picture for the local NHS – current demands for services are costing more than the money available. We have made a commitment to review the decision again in February next year and will be communicating our decision with everyone that has taken the time to respond to our public consultation.”