People struggling with their fertility are being encouraged to take part in a consultation on NHS IVF in the Luton area of Bedfordshire
Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Clinical Commissioning Group will launch the consultation on the number of NHS IVF cycles it offers from October 12.
Luton currently offers three full rounds of IVF treatment, in comparison to Bedford and Milton Keynes which both only offer one cycle each.
At a recent BLMK meeting, the CCG said it would be looking to bring Luton in line with the other two areas.
This will be devastating news to anyone who may have been given a diagnosis of fertility problems. Many CCGs across the UK are reducing the number of NHS IVF cycles they offer, leading to what has become known as a postcode lottery.
BLMK CCG chairwoman, Dr Sarah Whiteman, said the decision on what to commission would be based on evidence.
She said: “Ultimately, the consultation is about collating the views. It is the CCG that has to make the difficult decisions about what to commission based on evidence.
“Of course, it isn’t just about money, it’s also about value for money and whether or not three (fertility) cycles offers that or not, for example. So it is a complex argument.”
The consultation will run from October 12 to December 21, 2021.
A decision is likely to be made in the Spring of 2022.