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Last few weeks of consultation on IVF services

14 October 2014


Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (BCCG) consultation on speciality fertility services – in particular IVF – closes in three weeks.

“We are inviting all residents to take part and give their views on what speciality fertility services should be provided in Bedfordshire,” said Angelina Florio, system redesign manager, BCCG. “We want to provide the best service possible, based on new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance.

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. In response, the BCCG (that has been responsible for commissioning these services since April 2013) is undertaking a consultation to get its residents’ views before it implements its new eligibility criteria.

Angelina 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, whether they have been affected by infertility or not, before we make a decision.”

The consultation closes on 31 October.

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 864 406.

Notes to editors

·         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been responsible for commissioning speciality fertility services in Bedfordshire since April 2013

·         It 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 NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services

·         BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.

·         In 2014-2015, BCCG has a budget of approximately £440m to spend on healthcare services for Bedfordshire. You can read more about how BCCG is organised in our constitution. It explains how we operate, make decisions and our governance structures and processes. You can also read our corporate plan which sets out our priorities and aims for 2014-15.

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