Funding for IVF reinstated in north east Essex five years after it was cut

Five years after it was cut, funding for IVF has now been reinstated in north east Essex.

In 2015, the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group suspended all NHS-funded IVF treatment in a bid to save money.

Couples living in Colchester and Tendring will once again be able to access two cycles of fertility treatment from April.

Dr Hasan Chowhan, chairman of North East Essex CCG, said:

“I am pleased that the CCG is now in a position to reinstate this policy. However, I also appreciate and acknowledge the emotional strain and heartache this would have caused many couples acros north east Essex since the restriction was introduced in 2015. Implementing this policy at that time was an extremely difficult decision for myself and my board colleagues but we did so to ensure our limited resource was put to the best possible use to the majority of people.”

Full story on ITV News, 5 February 2020.