Want to help us? There are many ways to engage…
Contact your MP
Emailing or writing to your local MP is easy and can be done at a click of a button. By contacting your MP you can help us raise awareness of this issue in Parliament and increase the amount of scrutiny given to this issue by policy makers in Government.
You can also contact Nicola Blackwood, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health,who is responsible for IVF policy.
We’ve provided template letters but its best that you personalise this as much as possible to differentiate it from the hundreds of emails and letters received by MPs each day. Writing your own email or letter from scratch might prove even more effective.
Don’t forget that you can always visit your local MP in their weekly surgery sessions (usually held on a Friday). You can find your MP here.
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Tweet your MP and Sign the e-petition!
You can sign this e-petition, started by a fertility patient. With enough signatures there will be a debate on this issue in the House of Commons.
Many MPs are using Twitter these days and if you are too, why not let them know how you feel about IVF services in your area. Social media is a great way to get other likeminded people following issues that matter to you. You can even tweet them a copy of your letter to them, the CCG or the e-petition link.
Find your MP on Twitter here.
Keep up with the latest updates from us on @FertilityFairness
Contact your local Clinical Commissioning Group (England Only)
Your local CCG is responsible for providing fertility services on the NHS. Let them know what they should be commissioning and whether they match up with national guidelines. It may be a good idea to check first the level of provision offered in your area before writing. You can do this by visiting the ‘IVF Provision in England’ page.
You may also want to copy Nicola Blackwood, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, in on your letters to your CCG (see above details and attached template).
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Contact your local Health Watch (England only)
Your local Healthwatch has signifigant statutory powers to act as the voice of the consumer. Let them know what issues you are facing with IVF.
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Contact your local Health and Wellbeing Board (England only)
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established Health and Welbbeing Boards as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities. Write to them to highlight the community need for IVF.
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Share your story with us
If you could share your story with us and the media to help raise awareness of the postcode lottery for IVF treatment this would be extremely helpful. However we understand only too well that difficulty conceiving can be an extremely stressful and emotional experience. Consequently we operate a strict policy whereby we never pressurise people into sharing their story.
If you are able to share your story, please do contact us. Our experienced team will be able to assist you straight away.