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PCT (Primary Care Trust)

A Primary Care Trust is an English National Health Service (NHS) organisation that provides some primary care (e.g. doctor's surgery/office) and some community (e.g. community nursing) services.


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Anger as York backtracks on IVF funding promise

11 August 2014 - by Ayesha Ahmad

NHS bosses in York have been accused of backtracking on a promise to restart funding for IVF treatment, disappointing an estimated 110 couples requiring treatment in the area... [Read More]

Changing perceptions, changing lives: commissioning fertility services in the age of austerity

03 February 2014 - by Mark Johnson

In 2011, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility found that over 70 percent of NHS Primary Care Trusts were not providing the recommended three full cycles of IVF to eligible couples. Three years later, there has been a very real and very disappointing lack of progress... [Read More]

Book Review: Fertility and Reproduction

05 August 2013 - by Marco Narajos

Fertility and Reproduction is extremely up-to-date on current issues, discussing saviour sibling treatment, eugenics as well as mitochondrial replacement, all of which have been extremely topical in bioethics... [Read More]

Radio Review: You and Yours - How IVF Became Big Business

20 May 2013 - by Jenny Dunlop

Kate Silverton is well known for reading the news on BBC, so I was interested to listen to her short report on how IVF has become such a big business... [Read More]

The state provision of fertility treatment: 'NICE' idea

22 April 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Progress Educational Trust's debate, 'NICE Try… But is anyone listening?', considered the impact of the radical structural changes to the NHS on the state provision of IVF. At least two central critical themes emerged from the debate: a critique of method and a critique of measure... [Read More]

The new NICE guideline on fertility: an end to the postcode lottery or just another guideline?

25 February 2013 - by Mark Johnson

On 20 February 2013, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published its new guideline on the assessment and treatment of couples with fertility problems... [Read More]

Updated NICE guidance expands entitlements to IVF

25 February 2013 - by Michelle Downes

Women over the age of 40, same-sex couples, and people with disabilities have been addressed for the first time in the updated NICE guideline on fertility treatment... [Read More]

TV Review: The Baby Makers

21 January 2013 - by Mark Johnson

The BBC's hour-long documentary 'The Baby Makers: The Fertility Clinic' followed the ups and downs of both patients and staff at one of Britain's largest fertility centres - the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool... [Read More]

The Age-Old Question: The Impact of Age

07 January 2013 - by Ruth Saunders

Progress Educational Trust's 2012 annual conference 'Fertility Treatment: A Life-Changing Event?' concluded with a session entitled 'The Age-Old Question: The Impact of Age'... [Read More]

UK couple 'too old' for publicly-funded IVF to sue the Health Secretary

10 December 2012 - by Ari Haque

A couple who was refused fertility treatment on the NHS for being 'too old' has said it intends to challenge the decision in the courts, arguing that the decision amounts to age discrimination.... [Read More]

Third of UK women entitled to IVF turned away by GPs, survey suggests

03 September 2012 - by Cathy Holding

Around one in three women who are entitled to receive IVF are being denied this right, according to a survey carried out by the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC)... [Read More]

Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust boosts IVF provision

16 July 2012 - by Jessica Ware

Couples undergoing fertility treatment in Gloucestershire will soon have access to three NHS-funded cycles of IVF treatment instead of just one. Eligibility criteria will also be widened, it was announced this month... [Read More]

The IVF postcode lottery must stop

02 July 2012 - by Louisa Ghevaert

The inconsistent and inadequate provision of IVF treatment on the NHS is an unacceptable way to treat the one in seven UK couples (3.5 million people) currently affected by infertility... [Read More]

Draft NICE guideline recommends IVF for same-sex couples and women over 40

28 May 2012 - by Dr Greg Ball

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a draft updated guideline on fertility that would see same-sex couples and women aged up to 42 eligible for fertility treatment on the NHS... [Read More]

Fertility services in the new NHS

28 May 2012 - by Mark Johnson

From next year, local GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups will take on the commissioning responsibilities of Primary Care Trusts, with the latter due to be abolished in April 2013. This now includes responsibility for commissioning fertility services such as IVF treatment... [Read More]

Smokers and obese people denied IVF by some NHS trusts

12 March 2012 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Nine NHS primary care trusts (PCTs) have introduced restrictions to IVF treatment for patients who smoke or are overweight... [Read More]

TV Review: Postcode Lottery

12 March 2012 - by Cathy Holding

IVF is only miraculous and life-changing if it works, but in some areas of the country you're less likely to be able to try on the NHS. BBC One's 'Postcode Lottery' follows a couple who could attempt treatment if they lived elsewhere... [Read More]

£3.4 million is a heck of a lot of money!

20 February 2012 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE

I was shocked when I heard the news that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has built up the princely sum of approximately £3.4 million in its bank account. The HFEA explains that this surplus has arisen over recent years due to prudent budgeting... [Read More]

IVF funding cuts spark access concerns

16 January 2012 - by Jessica Ware

The number of publicly funded IVF cycles dropped by nearly 14 percent this financial year in the UK, an investigation by the GP magazine Pulse has revealed... [Read More]

Smokers denied access to assisted conception

28 November 2011 - by Nicola Drury

An increasing number of NHS clinics that provide assisted reproduction technologies (ART) are denying treatment to women who smoke or have a partner who smokes. But is it appropriate for any lifestyle factors to be used to deny state-funded treatment? And where should the line be drawn between medical 'advice' and 'restrictions'?... [Read More]


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