IVF cutbacks will put extra pressure on couples trying to conceive

IVF cutbacks will put more pressure on couples.
IVF cutbacks will put more pressure on couples.

A woman who helps those struggling with the emotional toil of infertility has dubbed cutbacks to NHS funded IVF a ‘sad state of affairs’.

Cutbacks means that women in Bedfordshire are now only entitled to one round of IVF treatment under the NHS.

Initially it had been proposed by the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) to reduce the treatment on offer from three rounds to two but financial pressures meant that this was later scaled back to one full cycle of IVF treatment for women aged 23 to 39.

Sue Wilson, from Bedford Health, said: “It is understandable that they have to balance their budget but I do feel that this will impact on the success of fertility treatment.

“It is a sad state of affairs but that is where we are at, at the moment.”

She said she hopes that the BCCG will reconsider its position when the financial situation improves.

National guidelines recommend that up to three rounds of IVF should be made available to eligible women but some areas have scrapped NHS funding altogether in a bid to help balance the books.

Sue said: “It puts a heck of a lot of pressure on the process and it means that some people will only have one chance.

“It will impact on the success of IVF but that said there are some counties that are not doing IVF at all.”

Bedford Health in St Cuthbert’s Street is launching a new free infertility support group on Tuesday, January 20 from 6pm to 7.30pm. Just turn up on the evening or for more information call 01234 327444.