‘End the postcode lottery’
MORE than 100,000 people have backed a petition calling for an end to the ‘postcode lottery’ of NHS fertility treatment. Guidelines recommend that women under 0 should be offered three cycles of IVF, and some aged 0 to 2 should get one cycle. But the Fertility Network campaign group said this is not mandatory and only about 13 per cent of England’s 195 clinical commissioning groups offered the three NHS-funded cycles.
It is urging the Government to create a fairer system so couples across the country get equal access to IVF on the Health Service. It will present its 102,000-strong petition to Theresa May at Downing Street this afternoon.