The Victoria Derbyshire programme showed that the Women who are above 34 has been automatically refused IVF treatment on the NHS in 12 areas of England. According to the guideline, IVF can be offered to the women until 42, but the new trend shows about 0% of the areas are failing to maintain this guideline.
According to the Campaign on the group, Fertility Fairness “penalises women who take longer to find a partner”. The health department informed, “blanket restrictions ” were “unacceptable”.As long as the reliable criteria meet the couples are offered IVF across Wales and Scotland.
The Derbyshire programme of Victoria told BBC that Charlotte of 38 years old was thinking to move in another residential area leaving the current residential place as she was told that she was too old for qualifying the entire procedure in Southampton.
(CCG) the City Clinical Commissioning Group in Southampton has a cut-off age for IVF which is 34. She said, “It is just unfair because I am not over the hill”.
“To say that 35 and over is the end of having children is ridiculous”.
The city CCG in Southampton said it had “taken into account the relative cost-effectiveness compared to other treatments that could be funded with the resources we have available”.
According to the recommended guidelines of the health watchdog NICE the women under 40 should be offered along with the three full cycles of IVF.
But the data released from 195 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England which prevailed under the Freedom of Information Act by Fertility Fairness and analyzed by the Victoria Derbyshire programme – disclosed that seven have refused to offer IVF on the NHS totally.
In a statement, the Department of Health and Social Care said, “ all the decisions on IVF treatment should be made by doctors based on a patient’s individual clinical needs and in line with NICE guidelines.”
“While the provision of NHS infertility treatment is decided by local Clinical Commissioning Groups, we are clear that blanket restrictions on treatment are unacceptable”.