A London borough has asked the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to intervene and review a decision by its local NHS clinical commissioning group (CCG) to withdraw funding for fertility treatment.
CCGs across the country have been reducing the level of IVF provision they are prepared to fund for some time in response to pressure on their budgets. Some, such as Croydon, have eliminated public funding for IVF altogether, save in exceptional circumstances. This is in breach of international standards and guidelines and has left campaigners outraged.
It remains to be seen how the government will respond.
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