8o per cent of CCG’s are failing to meet the NICE guidelines, which says that all eligible couples under the age of 39 should be offered 3 full cycles of IVF treatment. According to an audit released today by Fertility Fairness.
The Audit of all the CCG’s found that 40 percent did not offer a full cycle of IVF and 3 per cent offered nothing at all – including Cambridge. In the last two years, 30 CCGs have reduced NHS fertility services, and one in ten CCGs is currently consulting on cutting or removing NHS fertility treatment.
#Scream4IVF is a campaign led by Fertility Network UK to reform the current inequality of IVF treatment across the UK.
Fertility Network says that in the UK, 3.5 million people – or 1 in 6 couples – are affected by the devastation and pain that fertility issues wreak. Yet most local health authorities unfairly deny couples the medically recommended fertility treatment. “Access to IVF has become a ‘postcode lottery’ and we want to ensure that the NHS and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CGGs) follow the recommended guidelines of three free cycles of IVFs. So, everybody, everywhere has access to treatment”.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines say that women under 40 should be offered three cycles of IVF on the NHS if they have not conceived after two years. But, in reality, access to free IVF treatment in England varies depending on where you live and the policy of your local CCG which funds the treatment.
So, together with IVFbabble.com, the charity has launched a campaign #Scream4IVF, which aims to collect 100,000 signatures so that the issue of unfair IVF access can be debated in the Houses of Parliament.
Monday 29 October #Scream4IVF
The charity will reveal the best and worst places to live in the UK if you’re hoping to access NHS IVF and release the latest news about #Scream4IVF – the campaign for fair access to NHS fertility treatment. Help us end the IVF postcode lottery: scream, share and sign our joint online petition at www.scream4IVF.org
Tuesday 30 October #LifeWithoutChildren
How do you move forwards meaningfully when you have not been able to have children? FNUK reveals exclusive research results from Dr Sophia Gameiro of Cardiff University and host two webinars: Lesley Pyne at 7pm talking about her book Finding Joy beyond Childlessness and Dr Sofia Gameiro at 8.30pm discussing practical advice if you have not met your parenthood goals. For further information click here
Wednesday 31 October #FertilityFellas
Fertility is not solely a female issue – men are half the fertility equation too – so it’s time to explode some male fertility myths. Did you know one of the most common reasons for a couple to try IVF is because of male factor problems? Share and tweet our top five male fertility facts.
Thursday 1 November #FertilityAtWork
Do you know your employment rights during fertility treatment? FNUK highlight what people can and should expect from their employer when facing fertility issues and going through treatment. Share and tweet fertility at work facts.
Friday, November 2 #FutureFertility
FNUK focus on fertility education. Do you know your fertility vital statistics? For women, they’re 28:35:42.
28: female fertility is already falling, 35: female fertility plummets, 42: your chance of becoming a biological mother is vanishingly small. Share and tweet our future fertility facts.
IVF babble will be hosting its first #WorldFertilityDay on Friday, 2 November in London
World Fertility Day is about education, empowerment and understanding. IVFbabble.com founders, Tracey Bambrough and Sara Marshall-Page will host the central UK event at Little Italy, in Soho, London and have invited leading fertility experts in every field across the globe to join them to offer their knowledge.
Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, will also be supporting the event and answering calls.
More information: www.scream4ivf.org