Merton CCG funds IVF
Merton CCG, the clinically led organisation responsible for commissioning local health services, has reversed the decision made by its predecessor to suspend funding for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for new patients and will now fund one cycle of IVF for local couples who meet the eligibility criteria.
Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust made the decision to suspend funding for IVF for new patients from April 2011. Couples who are struggling to conceive and meet the eligibility criteria can now speak to their GP about a referral to local fertility services.
At this time Merton CCG will fund one cycle of IVF for women who meet the clinical criteria. This includes the revised upper age limit (42 years old) recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and brings Merton in line with the majority of other areas in South West London
Dr Howard Freeman, Chair of Merton CCG said: “We fully appreciate that for couples who are having difficulty conceiving their first child it can be a heart-breaking experience. We are pleased to be able to assist couples who want to start a family.
“Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust made the decision to suspend funding for IVF for new patients from April 2011 in order to focus resources on reducing the huge list of patients waiting for treatment. Merton CCG has always said that it wanted to reverse this decision and bring us back in line with other areas. We are delighted to be in a position to do this.
“Couples who are struggling to conceive should speak to their GP in the first instance about eligibility and being referred to local fertility services.”