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NHS Medway suspends IVF funding

13 December 2010
Appeared in BioNews 588

NHS Medway, Kent, has joined several other trusts in suspending funding for new referrals for IVF until the new financial year when the decision will be reviewed.

The PCT is making cuts in a number of sectors, including savings of over £5 million in staffing by 2014. On top of this and other measures, new referrals for bariatric surgery (morbid obesity), gender reassignment and IVF have all been suspended. The PCT said it would consider providing IVF if a patient should reach the age of 40 before 1 April 2011 or there exists another compelling reason for treatment not to be delayed.

The PCT currently serves 280,000 people with a budget of £441 million for 2010/11. Acting Chief Executive, Helen Buckingham, said demand for services and costs are increasing at a rate of about four percent a year, in part due to Medway's growing population, but that NHS budgets will only increase by approximately 0.1 percent annually for the next three years.
Press briefing with Helen Buckingham, Acting Chief Executive, NHS Medway
NHS Medway |  19 November 2010
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