Demands for IVF Treatment are Still ‘Ignored’
More than 70 percent of NHS trusts are ignoring the guidelines to provide three cycles of IVF. There are six trust locations that are not offering IVF at all.
Those that do provide treatment have set specific requirements in order to be eligible to receive the treatment.
In 2009, the Oxford Mail reported how in Oxfordshire, just one round could be funded for women between the ages of 35 and 39. Changes were made to allow treatment to women 30 to 35 and rejecting women aged 36-39. The trust was accused of age discrimination.
The age restriction at most places is 30 years old, even though fertility declines with age. Things are then put on hold for families who are planning to have a family.
Gareth Johnson, Conservative MP for Dartford, believes that something needs to be done for infertile women. “IVF is the creation of life and gives hope to thousands of infertile couples across the UK”.
Ironically, IVF was invented in the UK, so the “country should be championing its use”, Johnson expressed.
However, the NHS will never have resources to fund every service treatment and therapy that every individual may want. However, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) states those women should be given the three chances of IVF to get pregnant.
NICE is reviewing its guidance and will publish a report in 2012.
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