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Survey highlights the UK's continuing IVF 'postcode lottery'

21 March 2011
Appeared in BioNews 600

A recent survey has found that two thirds of women would consider moving to another area of the UK to access IVF on the NHS.

In a poll conducted on behalf of SHE magazine in its launch of the SHE FAIRtility campaign to combat the UK's IVF 'postcode lottery', one-fifth of 1,000 women polled also said they had themselves or knew of someone who had encountered financial difficulties as a result of requiring IVF treatment.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend each Primary Care Trust should provide three cycles of IVF to eligible people, although each trust makes its own decision about how many cycles, if any, to fund. Recent cost-cutting measures have caused IVF funding to vary even more dramatically among trusts.

Clare Lewis-Jones, Chief Executive of Infertility Network UK, said, despite NICE guidelines, the NHS is not an option for many people because of where they live. 'This is a totally cruel, unjustifiable and unacceptable situation which simply must end, and end quickly', she said.

SOURCES & REFERENCES
2 in 3 women would move house to escape Tories' IVF postcode lottery
Daily Mirror |  14 March 2011
Most women would move for NHS IVF
UK Press Association |  14 March 2011
SHE FAIRtility campaign
SHE Magazine |  10 March 2011
Women moving house for IVF
Marie Claire |  14 March 2011
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