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Public consultation on IVF services

12 September 2014

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is consulting local people on speciality fertility services – in particular IVF – and is inviting everyone to take part and give their views.

BCCG is looking again at who is eligible for specialist fertility services. It wants the best service possible based on new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance

Dr Paul Hassan, Chief Clinical Officer at BCCG, said: “We are keen to hear peoples’ views, whether they have been affected by infertility or not.

“Since April 2013 we have been responsible for commissioning these services in Bedfordshire and this consultation will enable us to get residents’ views before we implement new eligibility criteria.”

In February 2013, NICE updated its guidance in respect of fertility. It raised the recommended age limit of women accessing infertility treatments and shortened the waiting time for treatment, from three to two years.

Dr Hassan added: “We have a preferred option for the future provision of IVF which is affordable. It includes extending the age range enabling women aged 40 to 42 to access IVF. However, we are keen to hear what people think about this option before we make a decision.”

The consultation will run until Friday 31 October, after which a report will go to BCCG’s Governing Body for a final decision.

To take part in the consultation, go to www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk to answer a short questionnaire. Alternatively, a copy of the consultation document can be obtained by contacting the Communications and Engagement Team on: 01525 864406.

Notes to editors

·         BCCG currently spends £800k a year on specialist fertility treatments.

·         The Speciality Fertility Services consultation document outlines the NICE guidance and considerations in terms of number of cycles offered, age range of women that can access IVF and the waiting time for Bedfordshire residents

·         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying the majority of healthcare for the people of Bedfordshire. It is run and led by local clinicians, including GPs, nurses and hospital doctors. More information can be found at www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

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