Cambridgeshire would-be parents left in limbo after delay in NHS IVF funding review outcome

Couples living in Cambridgeshire, UK, have been told they will have to wait until after the European elections for the outcome of a report into reinstating fertility treatment

The news comes as the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group(CPCCG) issued a statement on the delay after it was expected to announce the findings of the report at a meeting being held on May 14.

The brief statement said: ““Due to the extension of the pre-election ‘purdah’ period for European Elections and the Peterborough by-election, we will not be bringing our findings and recommendations in relation to specialist fertility services to our May Governing Body meeting but will be discussing this after the election period.”

The CPCCG stopped NHS funding for fertility treatment in 2017, with a saving of £700,000 a year, according to the commissioning group.

It was one of many that stopped or reduced treatment altogether in 2017 and 2018.

A consultation into fertility treatment began at the same time and couples needing specialist help to have a family have been anxiously waiting for the result of the review.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines state that NHS CCGs should offer three free IVF cycles to women under the age of 40.

The elections are taking place on May 23.

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