If you are over the age of 34 and suffer with fertility issues, IVF treatment will no longer be available to you, that is the message coming from CCGs in parts of Nottinghamshire.
The news comes as the Ashfield, Mansfield and Newark CCGs agree to continue to IVF treatment – but at a lower age limit
The previous criteria was 42 for women, but the CCG has decided, after a public consultation to lower that to 34.
An age limit has also been imposed on men, with previously no limit, it will now only treat men up to the age of 40.
A public consultation on the cuts were introduced during the Summer of 2016, with more than 420 people responding to the review.
About 74 per cent of those responses disagreed with the proposal to cut IVF treatment.
Dr Amanda Sullivan, chief officer for NHS Newark and Sherwood and Mansfield and Ashfield CCGs, told the Nottingham Post:
“We do recognise the impact that our decision will have on local people but we have to balance the needs of our whole population and ensure that there is enough money to maintain high quality and safe services.”
The CCG currently spends about £300,000 a year on funding for IVF, but said it had a deficit of £20 million to find
It currently funds just one cycle of IVF.
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