Scottish government to fund three cycles of IVF

NHS funded IVF treatment: how Scotland compares to rest of UK.

Scotland has introduced a “gold standard” of three NHS funded cycles of IVF treatment.

People from the rest of the UK, where IVF access has been steadily reduced in recent years, could not go there for further cycles if they have already had treatment – as the Scottish system is based on new referrals only.

In England, more than 80 per cent of CCGs fail to commission the recommended three full cycles of IVF in line with official guidelines.

A full cycle of IVF includes a fresh cycle followed by the transfer of any viable embryos which have been frozen and stored, where available.

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Of the CCGs offering IVF to patients, 125 fund one cycle of treatment. 46 fund two cycles of treatment and only 34 CCGs fund three cycles. Four CCGs do not fund any treatment whatsoever, according to analysis by Fertility Fairness.

It said Greater Manchester is the best place to live in England if you need “gold standard” fertility treatment on the NHS.

Of England’s 209 CCGs, only four were meeting the national guidelines on IVF treatment – all of which are in Greater Manchester.

The NHS in Wales and Northern Ireland offer two and one cycles respectively.

Over the last five years the Scottish government has invested around £24 million to reduce IVF waiting times and improve the outcomes for couples, public health minister Aileen Campbell said.

“These changes make NHS IVF access in Scotland by far the fairest and most generous in the UK.”

As well as eligible couples having access to three full NHS IVF cycles from 1 April, couples where one partner has no biological child have, since September 2016, been able to access NHS fertility services in Scotland.

Scottish government to fund three cycles of IVF
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Scottish government to fund three cycles of IVF