NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) want the views of local people on a proposal to reduce the number of fully funded cycles of IVF from the current three cycles to one. Today (Monday 3rd December) a six week engagement phase was launched to gather views, particularly from those registered with GPs in the borough who would be affected by the proposed change.
Responses to an online survey will inform the decision on the number of funded cycles which will be made by the borough’s Integrated Commissioning Board. All other aspects of the borough’s policy will remain unchanged .
Heywood GP and CCG Chair Dr Chris Duffy said “Over the past two years, HMR CCG has spent an average of £423,000 per year on IVF treatment. As an Integrated Commissioning Board we have a duty to secure the best possible investment for our funds and we have considered a number of different options regarding the future of funded IVF cycles. The preferred option for future IVF funding is to offer one funded cycle of IVF. This would bring our local IVF policy in line with the majority of other CCGs in England and also takes into account the evidence regarding the reduced likelihood of successful live births with each unsuccessful IVF cycle .”
The engagement phase will run from Monday 3rd December 2018 to Wednesday 16th January 2019. A consultation document and survey with more information is available here: https://www.hmr.nhs.uk/index.php/getinvolved
Respondents can also email the CCG at firstname.lastname@example.org