A consultation that proposes to stop NHS funded fertility treatment for couples in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough continues, and the local NHS wants to hear residents’ views and gather feedback on the proposal.
Currently Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) funds one round of IVF treatment for women under 40, and proposed changes would stop all NHS funding for specialist fertility treatment, apart from two exceptions.
•Fertility preservation will be offered to patients undergoing cancer treatments, or who have a disease or a condition requiring medical or surgical treatment, that has a significant likelihood of making them infertile; and
•Sperm washing will be provided to men who have a chronic viral infection, primarily HIV and whose female partner does not, where intrauterine insemination is being considered. This is a risk reduction measure to limit the transmission if a serious, pre-existing viral condition such as HIV to the woman and therefore, potentially, her unborn baby.
Patients could still be referred from their GP to their local hospital for investigation of fertility issues, and for related treatments. However, the proposed policy would no longer allow for patients requiring IVF treatment to then be referred from the local hospital to specialist fertility services for treatments funded by the NHS.
Members of the public can give their views in a number of ways:
•Attend one of the CCG’s public meetings: ?10 July 2017, 12.30–1.30pm at The Fleet, Peterborough, PE2 8DL
?10 July 2017, 6-7pm at The Fleet, Peterborough, PE2 8DL
?11 July 2017, 6-7pm at The Boat House, Wisbech, PE13 3BH
?13 July, 6-7pm at the Huntingdon Library, Huntingdon, PE29 3PA
?18 July, 6-7pm at the Cathedral Centre, Ely, CB7 4EW
?20 July, 12.30-1.30pm at the Central Library, Cambridge, CB2 3QD
?20 July 6-7pm at the Meadows Centre, Cambridge, CB4 3XJ
•Fill in the questionnaire found online on the CCG’s website at https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/consultations/ivfconsultation/
•Fill in the paper copy of the questionnaire found in the consultation document and send it FREEPOST to Freepost Plus RSCR-GSGK-XSHK, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, Lockton House, Clarendon Road, Cambridge CB2 8FH (you do not need a stamp).
•Telephone or email the CCG Communications and Engagement Team on 01223 725304/ CAPCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org
•If you belong to a group or organisation, you can invite us along to one of your meetings by contacting the Communications and Engagement Team on 01223 725304/ CAPCCG.email@example.com
Dr Gary Howsam, CCG Clinical Chair, said “We have to make some difficult decisions about how to allocate our budget. We have a growing demand for all types of healthcare services, as well as a significant deficit to clear. We are now in the difficult position where we have to evaluate every service we commission.
“We want to hear from you to share your views on the proposal. Either respond via the online survey, or the consultation document, or come to one of our public meetings.
“Once the consultation is complete, the CCG’s Governing Body will consider the feedback and views given during the consultation before making a decision. Whatever decision is made, this proposal will be reviewed in two years.”
The consultation started on 13 March 2017 but was extended as mayoral elections and the general election meant the CCG was unable to publicise the consultation in these pre-election periods. It finishes at 5pm on 31 July 2017.