Implementing NICE Guidelines

NICeRecently, it has been found that 70% of NHS trusts are not following the national guidelines, due to which infertile couples are facing a postcode lottery in IVF treatment.

Via a study conducted by The All Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility, it has been revealed by MPs from multiple parties that there exists various Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) that have placed restrictions on the eligibility for IVF. Along with this, the number of cycles that a couple can have for free has also been restricted.

In this regard, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended that at least three cycles of IVF should be given to couples, when the woman is aged between 23 and 39. But as reported by the MP's information, 73% of trusts are not implementing these guidelines.

As determined by the Freedom of Information results for 152 PCTs, if one partner among the couple already had a child, then regardless of whether they had contact with them, many trusts had strict criteria on weight, age, smoking status and restrictions on IVF of the couples.

In this regard, Gareth Johnson, Conservative MP for Dartford and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility said, “He is calling on all PCTs to implement the NICE guidelines”.