Witham councillors angry over proposals to restrict IVF for couples unable to conceive naturally

Eligibility criteria for IVF could change

Eligibility criteria for IVF could change

First published in News

Outraged councillors have voiced their anger at proposals to cut back on NHS fertility services to curb an expected £15.7million deficit.

Specialist treatments, including IVF, could be restricted to cancer patients and men with HIV - saving the NHS £550,000.

Witham town councillors were worried about the wider implications the cuts could have.

North ward member Steve Goodfellow said: “We are going to get a poorer health service and it’s an absolute disgrace."

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, which is made up of GPs, said other health services “should take priority” over fertility treatment in any spending decisions.

It is considering keeping eligibility as it is, restricting women to just one cycle rather than three, or its ‘preferred option’, which is to restrict services to cancer patients and men with HIV.

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11:32am Fri 15 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

It's an excellent idea to restrict taxpayers paying for IVF - being infertile is bad luck, not a disease. It's an age of austerity so limit IVF to one go; keep the real money for real medical issues.

If people want more IVF then they have a choice - they can pay for it!
It's an excellent idea to restrict taxpayers paying for IVF - being infertile is bad luck, not a disease. It's an age of austerity so limit IVF to one go; keep the real money for real medical issues. If people want more IVF then they have a choice - they can pay for it! Jack222
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2:38pm Fri 15 Aug 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Totally with you on that one Jack.

Anyway, whatever IVF might cost them if they elect for private treatment it will be little more than a 'splash in the ocean' when considered against the full blown cost of bringing up a resultant child - or do they want that to be publically paid for as well?

Regarding the suggestion that 'Councillors are Outraged and Angry' - how utterly ridiculous! If the said councillors really are empathising with the unfortunate sufferers of infertility (surely they can’t be opportunistically grandstanding on this issue can they? - Perish the thought!) I fail to see how or why they can be outraged and angry. Sad, sympathetic, disappointed maybe – but justification for anger and outrage? No way!

I would have been much more impressed if the news report identified one or more Council Members who – having read the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group Financial Recovery Plan - had declared an intention to present some tangible, realistic and pragmatic initiatives for improving the situation via the Mid Essex CCG Specialist Fertility Services Consultation Survey and declared an intention to attend the forthcoming Public Board Meeting in Braintree on 25th September.

Then they could then calmly and politely proffer their points of view to the erudite, much qualified and professional members of the board who are obviously doing their utmost to manage an almost impossible real life fiscal situation.

So, let’s have a bit less of the ‘Mr Outraged’ and ‘Mr Angry’ theatricals if you please and a bit more of a carefully considered practicable approach to improving the situation.

Surely the residents of Witham have the right to expect better from their locally elected representatives?
Totally with you on that one Jack. Anyway, whatever IVF might cost them if they elect for private treatment it will be little more than a 'splash in the ocean' when considered against the full blown cost of bringing up a resultant child - or do they want that to be publically paid for as well? Regarding the suggestion that 'Councillors are Outraged and Angry' - how utterly ridiculous! If the said councillors really are empathising with the unfortunate sufferers of infertility (surely they can’t be opportunistically grandstanding on this issue can they? - Perish the thought!) I fail to see how or why they can be outraged and angry. Sad, sympathetic, disappointed maybe – but justification for anger and outrage? No way! I would have been much more impressed if the news report identified one or more Council Members who – having read the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group Financial Recovery Plan - had declared an intention to present some tangible, realistic and pragmatic initiatives for improving the situation via the Mid Essex CCG Specialist Fertility Services Consultation Survey and declared an intention to attend the forthcoming Public Board Meeting in Braintree on 25th September. Then they could then calmly and politely proffer their points of view to the erudite, much qualified and professional members of the board who are obviously doing their utmost to manage an almost impossible real life fiscal situation. So, let’s have a bit less of the ‘Mr Outraged’ and ‘Mr Angry’ theatricals if you please and a bit more of a carefully considered practicable approach to improving the situation. Surely the residents of Witham have the right to expect better from their locally elected representatives? OMPITA [Intl]
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