UK’s Plymouth Derriford Hospital has announced it will no longer offer IVF treatment to new patients from 2020
The news will devastate those in the area who have recently been given an infertility diagnosis and a wait for a new IVF provider to be installed.
The University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust said in a statement that it had taken the decision for ‘operational reasons’
The service provided by the trust which will be discontinued includes IVF treatment, egg, sperm and embryo storage and fertility testing.
The trust will continue to provide outpatient services for people with recurrent miscarriage and specialist endocrinology clinics.
The UK is in the midst of an IVF NHS crisis after many clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) began to withdraw the provision, citing funding challenges and budget cuts from central government.
The Department of Health has called on CCGs to reinstate and renew their decisions on IVF due to the devastating impact on couples and individuals who did not have the financial option to fund fertility treatment privately.
A new provider is being sought and tender process underway
A trust spokeswoman said: “We have taken this decision after careful consideration for operational reasons, which includes our ability to sustain the service and manage space at the hospital.
“Devon and Kernow CCGs have now started a competitive tender process for the re-provision of an NHS funded Assisted Conception Service in the Plymouth Area. Our priority will be to minimise impact on patients and the service will continue to run as normal, with the Trust working with Devon and Kernow CCGs and a prospective new provider to ensure that the service is migrated smoothly when a new provider has been selected.”
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