The Governing Body of North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has today agreed to reinstate IVF provision across Colchester and Tendring.
The decision means two cycles of IVF treatment will be available to patients aged 23 to 40, and one cycle of IVF treatment to those aged 40 – 42, in north east Essex, who meet the necessary criteria from 1 April 1 2020.*
Today’s announcement brings the number of cycles offered in north east Essex in line with the Suffolk threshold.
Dr Hasan Chowhan, Chairman of North East Essex CCG, said: “I am pleased that the CCG is now in a position to reinstate this policy.
“However, I also appreciate and acknowledge the emotional strain and heartache this would have caused many couples across north east Essex since the restriction was introduced in 2015.
“Implementing this policy at that time was an extremely difficult decision for myself and my board colleagues but we did so to ensure our limited resource was put to the best possible use to the majority of people.”
Dr Chowhan added: “Back in 2015, we did promise we would review the restriction at regular intervals.
“We have kept to our word and after now achieving a healthier financial position, we are able to reinstate this service for people who meet the clinical criteria.”
Healthwatch Essex has agreed to support the CCG to reinstate this policy and to help clinicians and commissioners to inform the people they serve.
*Eligibility criteria is:
Age 23 years or more and less than 40 years:
Age 40 years to 42 years:
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