Report calls for more infertility funding

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility (APPGI) has highlighted the need for more infertility treatment funding on the NHS, as many are unable to obtain the treatment they need.

The report, entitled Infertility Treatment in the UK: Taking the Next Steps, calls for continued pressure for Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to follow the recommended guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).

APPGI treasurer Bob Russell said that Nice's recommendation to provide three cycles of IVF on the NHS is being ignored by many PCTs.

"A further push is needed to ensure this recommendation is met and that those seeking infertility treatment have the same rights as other patients with respect to waiting times for consultations and treatments. This is not currently the case," he noted.

The government has announced efforts to ensure a standardised approach to infertility treatment across the country.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo commented: "We recognise that there are local variations in the provision of IVF and that this does cause distress to many childless couples who feel that they are not getting the treatment they need.

"Primary responsibility for implementing Nice guidelines rests with the NHS at local level, but it is important that PCTs are fully aware of the needs of infertility patients when deciding their policies and setting their priorities."

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