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CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group)

Set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, CCGs are responsible for the commissioning of most hospital and community NHS services in local areas. CCGs replaced Primary Care Trusts from April 2013 and are overseen by NHS England. All GP practices now belong to CCGs.



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Does it matter whether infertility is a disease?

11 December 2017 - by Hane Maung

Infertility affects one in seven couples in the United Kingdom. Currently in England, state-funded treatment for infertility is available under the NHS, although availability varies across different local clinical commissioning groups. Depending on the kind of infertility, treatment may include medical interventions, surgical procedures, and assisted reproductive technologies... [Read More]

Audit shows IVF postcode lottery in England has worsened

30 October 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Access to IVF in England has worsened considerably over the last five years, according to data obtained by Fertility Fairness... [Read More]

Reform of assisted reproduction in Ireland is long overdue

23 October 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers

Equity and access are among the most urgent issues for medically assisted reproduction. According to Ireland's Health Research Board, across Europe six countries offer full public funding, and 19 countries offer partial public funding... [Read More]

Northern Ireland U-turn on proposed fertility funding cuts

16 October 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

IVF services in Northern Ireland have had a reprieve, but cuts will go ahead in parts of Hertfordshire... [Read More]

Tough times should not affect access to fertility treatments in Northern Ireland

18 September 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers

In 1948, UK health secretary Aneurin Bevan spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service with the aim of providing healthcare access to all, irrespective of a patient's financial situation. The NHS has since become the world's largest publicly funded health service... [Read More]

NHS IVF no longer available in county that pioneered it

11 September 2017 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has removed funding for free IVF treatment, despite being the county where the procedure was first developed 40 years ago... [Read More]

NHS cutbacks worsen IVF 'postcode lottery' in England

14 August 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

Funding cuts by the UK's National Health Service has meant that 13 areas in England have restricted or halted IVF treatment since the start of 2017, according to Fertility Network UK... [Read More]

IVF treatment may be restricted to 30-35s

07 August 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

Clinical Commissioning Groups in the Bristol region are the first to propose restricting NHS-funded IVF treatment to women aged 30 to 35 years... [Read More]

Bristol hospital IVF unit to close

26 June 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

From November 2017, patients will no longer be able to receive IVF at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Southmead Hospital... [Read More]

Daily Mail misses the mark on fertility

08 May 2017 - by Professor Adam Balen

Last week the Daily Mail published an undercover investigation into certain aspects of IVF practice in the UK. Whilst this has highlighted some issues, unfortunately the meaning of published statistics has been misinterpreted and certain aspects of the investigation have been given far more weight than is just. Rather than serving the public good, this has the potential to leave vulnerable patients scared and confused.

NHS Scotland to offer three cycles of IVF

27 March 2017 - by Rikita Patel

New patients referred for infertility treatment by their doctors will now have access to three cycles of IVF on the NHS in Scotland... [Read More]

First London CCG axes IVF funding

20 March 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

Croydon has become the first Clinical Commissioning Group in London to cut funding for all IVF treatment, other than in 'exceptional circumstances'... [Read More]

Richmond CCG considering cuts to IVF provision

20 February 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

New proposals from Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) could see NHS-funded IVF treatment available only in 'exceptional circumstances', such as for patients with HIV or cancer... [Read More]

Wirral reduces access to IVF

13 February 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The Wirral CCG has announced that it is cutting the provision of NHS-funded IVF cycles from three to two, in an attempt to reduce its financial deficit... [Read More]

Suffolk bows to public pressure to keep IVF funding

30 January 2017 - by Georgia Everett

The Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group has abandoned plans to cut all funding for IVF treatment, following a huge public response... [Read More]

UK Parliament debates regulation of fertility funding

23 January 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

Steve McCabe MP has led a parliamentary debate on the variable provision of fertility treatments across the UK, calling for a revision to how fertility services are funded and provided... [Read More]

Audit shows extent of IVF 'postcode lottery'

12 December 2016 - by Dr Rachel Brown

Only 16 percent of Clinical Commissioning Groups in England follow the national guidance on access to NHS fertility treatment, according to an audit by campaign group Fertility Fairness... [Read More]

IVF treatment in Bedfordshire – the low-hanging fruit of NHS cuts

12 December 2016 - by Richard Clothier

How the experience of being denied IVF on the NHS turned one man into a campaigner determined to improve the situation for the thousands of other infertile people... [Read More]

IVF funding: Bedfordshire 1 – Brentwood 0

28 November 2016 - by Ari Haque

Basildon and Brentwood CCG has announced that it will no longer provide fertility treatment, including IVF on the NHS to new patients... [Read More]

Involuntary childlessness: extending fertility treatment to single people and same-sex couples

14 November 2016 - by Dr Geeta Nargund

The World Health Organisation is considering a change to its definition of infertility to include single people and same-sex couples, but there may be a simpler, more common-sense way forward... [Read More]

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