Nicola has always made representations to the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on behalf of constituents struggling to receive and who require in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, and now as Minister for Public Health and Innovation she has pledged to put pressure on NHS England to ensure CCGs provided a recommended three cycles of treatment.
In a Westminster Hall debate on the provision of NHS fertility treatment in England, MPs discussed issues in accessing funds for treatment and varying degrees of provision across the country.
Nicola therefore made clear that the Government’s view is that infertility is a serious medical condition, and those suffering from infertility who meet NICE criteria should be able to seek NHS treatment. Nicola promised to write to NHS England to ask that it communicates clearly with CCGs the expectation that NICE fertility guidelines should be followed by all.
Nicola says: Infertility is a serious condition and the distress it causes cannot be overstated. NICE exists precisely to review scientific evidence and work with stakeholders to make recommendations which should be available to all within NHS, and its guidelines should not be second guessed by commissioners. I would strongly encourage CCGs to implement NICE fertility guidelines in full.