Dr Gary Howsam, Chair and Chief Clinical Officer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said:
“Specialist IVF services are part of a range of investigations and treatments that can help couples to conceive. I would encourage anyone with fertility problems to go to their GP who can discuss with them the treatment options available. Couples can still be referred on to hospital for further tests to investigate the cause of their infertility. Many causes of infertility can be successfully treated without the need to go on to IVF.
“The response to the consultation showed that people feel strongly about this issue, and for that reason this was a very difficult decision for the Governing Body to make and we understand that people will be disappointed.
“The CCG has finite resources to fund a whole range of health services and treatments. We need to save £46.5m this financial year, and so we have had to review all areas of our spending and to make some difficult decisions. The decision to suspend routinely commissioning specialist fertility services is a financially necessary decision, following evaluation of the options available to us to reduce expenditure, and we have said that we will review this decision in April 2019.”
The news release is on our website at: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/specialist-ivf-services-to-be-suspended-in-cambridgeshire-and-peterborough/
The Governing Body papers are also on our website and can be found here: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body-meetings/