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End postcode lottery say fertility experts

27th August 2008

A report has called for managers of fertility services to increase their work to decrease the "postcode lottery" of IVF treatment in the NHS.

The interim report, published by the Department of Health, has been written by an expert panel and has urged a "national tariff" for fertility treatment. A DH survey of primary care trusts last year "found only seven (5%) of England’s 152 PCTs provided three full cycles of IVF treatment in line with NICE’s 2004 guideline, with wide variations in access criteria".

 

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