Layla Moran said she is disappointed that the Government have no plans to ensure three full cycles of IVF up to age of 40 is compulsory for all health commissioners to provide across England – despite national guidelines saying it should be.
Layla Moran’s calls come after figures obtained by campaign group Fertility Fairness revealed that of 195 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England, seven have stopped offering IVF on the NHS entirely.
12 CCGs deny treatment to women over 34, only offering one full cycle to those younger than 34.
Layla Moran took the issue to the House of Commons, asking Parliamentary questions of the Government’s Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price.
Responding to Ms Moran, the minister said that “Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) should have regard to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline on the assessment and treatment of people with fertility problems when commissioning services for which they are responsible” but went on to say that they have “no such plans” to make the current guidelines compulsory in all areas.
A question asked in Parliament by Layla Moran in September revealed that only18 CCGs in England offer three cycles of IVF in line with the current fertility guidelines.
Oxfordshire's Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) funds one cycle on the NHS for women between 30 and 35 despite the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommending three for under 40s.
Commenting, Layla Moran said:
“This is one of the first issues I raised in Parliament after my election last year after being contacted by local couples who are understandably angry that they only get one shot at IVF in Oxfordshire when friends and family elsewhere are allowed more chances to have a child on the NHS.
“If the national guidelines recommend 3 full cycles of IVF for under 40s then I don’t see why the Government refuse to make this compulsory to end this shameful postcode lottery across the country.
“I absolutely accept that Clinical Commissioning Groups like Oxfordshire’s are rationing IVF cycles due to the budget pressures, but again the buck stops with the Government. They must give the NHS the funds it needs so that everyone gets the care, support and treatment they deserve – including three full rounds of IVF for those who need it.
“I will be keeping up the fight in Parliament until everyone in Oxfordshire has the access to IVF on the NHS that they should be entitled to.”