09 June 2014
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A CCG spokeswoman said: 'Members of the NHS Vale of York CCG Governing Body met today and agreed in principle to make IVF available to couples in the Vale of York via a joint commissioning approach with NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG'.
A final decision will be reached on 19 June.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) fertility guideline states that eligible women aged under 40 with unexplained fertility should be offered three cycles of IVF treatment on the NHS.
Although a number of CCGs do not provide the recommended number of IVF cycles, York remains the last place in the UK not to offer any cycles of IVF funded by the NHS after Scarborough and Ryedale CCG decided to reintroduce funding for the procedure, the York Press reports.
One IVF cycle costs the NHS up to £3,600, with additional drug charges. This cost can be even greater for couples who have to resort to private treatment.
The Yorkshire Post reports that approximately 3,000 couples a year seek IVF treatment in York, with the majority funding it themselves. If the CCG was to keep in line with the NICE fertility guideline then it is estimated IVF treatment would cost the trust £14 million a year, the newspaper states.
Vale of York CCG recently reported 'the aspiration of the CCG to be a NICE-compliant body with regard to IVF', said BBC News.