Cost-cutting puts fertility treatment at risk
26 September 2017
NICE guidelines state that up to three cycles of IVF or ICSI should be available to women between the ages of 23 and 39; those with an identifiable cause of infertility and those with more than two years of fertility problems. Women between the ages of 40 and 42 should be offered one cycle.
At the moment only Scotland offers three cycles, with Wales offering two and Northern Ireland one. With £70m of cuts to health services in Northern Ireland which have to be made by March 2018 this leaves funding in a precarious position.
Ref BioNews 18 September 2017