The Midlands and East

IVF Provision

The Midlands and East covers a vast expanse of CCGs. The 19 CCGs that make up the East of England were up until very recently the best providers of IVF in the country (jointly with the North of England commissioning collaborative). However in the last couple of years several have reduced the number of cycles of IVF commissioned from 3 to 2. Since 2015, Fertility Fairness has witnessed several more moves by CCGs to decommission their IVF service entirely.

Consequently, FF can no longer hold the East of England region up as a shining example. In fact, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, South Norfolk CCG, Mid Essex CCG, North and East Essex CCG, Basildon and Brentwood CCG and Herts Valley CCG (a total of 6 CCGs) currently all offer no IVF treatment on the NHS. These CCGs have all either suspended fertility services temporarily or decommissioned services permanently.

The Midlands is primarily made up of 1 cycle CCGs with a few offering 2 cycles. CCGs in the Birmingham and Black Country area recently took steps to develop a cycle policy. Unfortunately this is only one cycle and the majority of CCGs in the region continue to deny treatment to couples where one partner has children from a previous relationship (even if they are not living with them). The definition of a cycle also varies according to CCG. That said, the two CCGs that still provide 3 cycles should be commended for following the NICE guidance.

The level of provision for each CCG and their associated access criteria can be downloaded below.

Midlands and East Data

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