Word on the Street: Should IVF be offered on the NHS?
PUBLISHED: 11:32 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:13 01 November 2017
When it comes to IVF treatment, struggling couples can find themselves faced with a postcode lottery. We asked people in Ipswich what they thought of the issue.
Currently couples in Suffolk who have been trying to conceive for three years and have no living children are eligible for two cycles of IVF on the NHS.
However the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is among seven CCGs that do not offer couples any IVF. They cut IVF treatment in November 2015 for all couples except those with complex health needs.
The National Institute for Heath and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that eligible couples should have access to three IVF cycles.
However, these are only guidelines and it is up to CCGs to decide what to provide.
According to Fertility Fairness, the number of CCGs in the country offering the recommended three in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles to eligible women has halved in the last four years.