We got vicious hate mail when I became first test tube baby .. I hope couples with fertility problems don’t get that today
between £3,000 to £11,000, couples face an increasing lottery as access is restricted. st 12% of UK clinical commissioning ups offer couples the recommended e rounds, and seven se treatment. Louise has chosen the anniversary to remind healthcare chiefs that the technique, pioneered by British scientist Robert Edwards and obstetrician Patrick Steptoe, was meant for everyone.
She said: “It must be devastating for couples to be told there is no help. It is unfair if it depends on where you live as to whether you can get IVF treatment or
how much you pay. That situation is the same in the US, where some insurance covers IVF but most don’t.
“Access to treatment also varies enormously across EU countries.
“My mum and dad were quite poor, when they first got together they were sleeping rough in a railway carriage.
“Bob Edwards, who pioneered the technique, was keen that it should be something all people could benefit from.
THE boss of the world’s first IVF clinic has urged the Health Secretary to end the procedure’s rationing that is traumatising thousands of women.
Dr Mike Macnamee, who helped build up Cambridgeshire’s Bourn Hall clinic, said: “The postcode lottery we are working with at the moment is Of course when money is tight organisations like the NHS have to make tough decisions.
“Infertility is often caused by a medical or physical problem that can be overcome by the right treatment and I support those people campaigning for it to be available as widely as budgets will allow.” The sons she has with husband Wesley Mullinder – Cameron, 10, and
scandalous. It is such a shame to pick on such a vulnerable patient group.”
The 12% of areas in England now offering the Government’s recommended three cycles is down from 24% in 2013.
NHS England said: “Parliament has decided these are legally decisions for clinical commissioning groups.” Aiden, four – were conceived naturally but she said if she needed it she would have tried IVF. Aiden’s middle names are Patrick Robert, in a tribute to the late pioneering medics.
Louise spoke of the devastating impact infertility can have on mental health, after her mother Lesley was diagnosed with depression after failing to conceive. Lesley went on to have Louise’s sister Natalie via IVF but failed to have a third child using the treatment.
Defending the advancements in techniques, Louise added: “As long as the scientists and doctors act ethically, and people understand the consequences, then it is important that progress is made.”
NAPPY DAYS Louise is a champion of fertility help rights LANDMARK DAY Lesley and John with their precious daughter and, left, Louise as a teenage nursery nurse
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