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NHS Warwickshire resumes fertility funding

3 May 2011
Appeared in BioNews 605

NHS Warwickshire is to resume providing fertility services this month after it suspended many routine procedures last summer amid financial concerns.

The county health trust stopped providing procedures including IVF, hip and shoulder replacements and tonsillectomies to prevent it going millions of pounds into debt following a sudden increase in routine operations.

Now, the trust has announced it will resume providing one course of IVF to couples who meet the requisite criteria, bringing it back in line with its neighbour - Coventry.

Other NHS trusts, including NHS North Yorkshire and West Sussex PCT (see previous BioNews reports) also suspended IVF services over the last year in light of financial strains. Some have reinstated these services during 2011.

NHS fertility treatment resumes in Warwickshire
Coventry Telegraph |  4 April 2011
14 November 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd 
NHS Surrey will reinstate free IVF treatment on 1 April 2012, following a year's suspension to cut costs...
23 May 2011 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis 
NHS South West Essex has reinstated funding for IVF seven months after suspending the service. The move comes after the PCT reduced running costs by £400,000 last year to financially break even...
4 April 2011 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy 
Couples struggling to conceive face more disappointment as NHS North Yorkshire and York joins a growing number of trusts restricting access to IVF after it decided to suspend funding for assisted conception services, save for those who demonstrate a 'clinical exception'....
28 March 2011 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis 
Bury NHS trust in Greater Manchester has reinstated fertility treatment after suspending the service in September 2010 due to financial constraints....
14 March 2011 - by Sujatha Jayakody 
West Cheshire will decide this month whether to become the latest region to suspend NHS-funded IVF treatment. The West Cheshire Health Consortium, which is made up of 38 GP practices, claims it needs to cut IVF to deliver healthcare to its aging population...
20 December 2010 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis 
West Sussex NHS trust is the latest NHS trust to suspend funding of fertility treatment as managers try to cut spending by 50 million. Now patients across the county face months of delays for treatment...
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