In Vitro Fertilisation: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review the age criteria rules for IVF treatment to ensure delays resulting from the covid-19 outbreak do not cause those seeking treatment to become ineligible.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The level of provision of local health services available to patients, including fertility treatment, is, and has been since the 1990s, a matter for local healthcare commissioners. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have a statutory responsibility to commission healthcare services including fertility services that meet the needs of their whole population. In respect of National Health Service fertility services, the Government have been consistently clear that we expect CCGs to commission fertility services in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines, so that there is equal access across England.

The Government expects CCGs to give fair consideration to all patients who have had fertility treatment delayed so that no one misses out on treatment due to COVID-19.

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