Green MP candidate Stuart Tuckwood says its “unacceptable to take away many people’s only hope of conceiving a child”
Proposals to stop funding IVF treatment on the NHS in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been branded ‘unacceptable’, by the Green MP candidate for Cambridge, Stuart Tuckwood.
As the plans go out for consultation, the Greens are launching a petition calling for the continuation of NHS funded IVF treatment in the region.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend the NHS funds three cycles of IVF treatment for women under 40. The number of cycles offered by the NHS was reduced from two to one locally in 2016 and now hopeful couples unable to conceive risk losing funded treatment altogether. The proposed cut is thought to be able to save £700,000 for the regional NHS.
Without funding from government only those who are able to afford private treatment will be able to undergo treatment, excluding those from poorer households. Successful IVF patients have expressed concern over the financial strain this will cause couples in an already emotional and difficult situation.
The Green Party wishes to encourage people to take part in discussions throughout the consultation and show their support for NHS funded IVF treatment. The consultation will end in June 2017.
Stuart Tuckwood, the Green MP candidate, and local charge nurse at Addenbrookes who has started the campaign, said as the consultation was launched;
“Women I know who have had difficulty conceiving have told me that they find the experience utterly devastating. The option of IVF treatment on the NHS was a huge relief for them and has given them immeasurable joy.
IVF is a wonderful treatment that is some people’s only chance at creating their own family. The proposed savings to the regional NHS are minimal, especially at a time when NHS organisations are forced to spend huge amounts of money on contracting and private management consultants.
We hope thousands of people join us in telling the clinical commissioning group this cut is unacceptable. They must continue to fund this wonderful treatment on the NHS.”