Bedfordshire CCG launches bid to decommission IVF treatment

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is planning to stop funding specialist fertility services according to a consultation published last month.

The consultation says the CCG will stop paying for specialist fertility services except in cases of patients undergoing cancer treatment, in order to preserve their fertility, and men who have a chronic viral infection, such as HIV.

This is the fourth CCG in the last 12 months to contemplate decommissioning the specialist service. In October 2015 North Essex, East Essex and South Norfolk CCGs stopped funding the treatment altogether and in September 2015 Basildon CCG also launched a consultation to scrap the service.

Full story at HSJ 3 June 2016