IVF: NHS couples ‘face social rationing’

 IVF: NHS couples 'face social rationing'
 IVF: NHS couples 'face social rationing'

The parents of the world’s first IVF baby – born 40 years ago next week – would not have got the procedure on the NHS in most of England today because of “social rationing”, a charity has said. NHS IVF is unavailable to couples in many areas if either of them has children from a previous relationship. One mother said not meeting such criteria was “crippling”. Fertility Network UK said action was needed to keep fertility treatment available for all. NHS England said it has “never been able to offer all of the IVF that people might want” and the Department of Health and Social Care added “funding for the treatment has increased”. Figures collated by campaign group Fertility Fairness show IVF provision at all 208 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England. They show eight out of 10 CCGs do not enable access to IVF if one of the couple has children from a previous relationship. Next Wednesday marks the 40th birthday of the world’s first “test tube baby”, Louise Brown. Her father already had children from a previous relationship, which would render the treatment unavailable to the couple in many areas today, Fertility Network UK said. Next Wednesday marks the 40th birthday of the world’s first “test tube baby”, Louise Brown. Her father already had children from a previous relationship, which would render the treatment unavailable to the couple in many areas today, Fertility Network UK said.

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