Somerset CCG uses eligibility criteria original developed by the National Institute for Care and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and funds two cycles of IVF treatment to infertile couples. These guidelines were updated in February 2013 to include three new recommendations which were significantly different from earlier guidance.
If Somerset CCG were to introduce one or more of these new NICE recommendations it expects expenditure for fertility treatment to rise. For example, by introducing the recommendation to cut the length of time infertile couples must wait before they can ask for IVF treatment from three to two years.
However, with no additional funding available to Somerset CCG to meet this extra cost, the increase could be contained if the number of IVF treatment cycles were reduced from two to one. The reduction of treatment cycles would bring Somerset CCG’s IVF eligibility criteria into alignment with the majority of clinical commissioning groups the South West.
Have your say
Members of the public have from 21 September 2015 until 31 October 2015 to have their say on proposals to amend the existing policy for fertility assessment and treatment.
You can download a copy of the Somerset CCG Fertility Assessment and Treatment proposals by clicking on the following:
Somerset CCG Fertility Assessment and Treatment Consultation (Word version)
Somerset CCG Fertility Assessment and Treatment Consultation (PDF version)
If you would prefer to be sent a paper copy of the proposals and survey, please contact Christine Lincoln on 01935 385020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can complete our survey on Survey Monkey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Fertility_Consultation
This survey is now closed
You can find a summary of the results of the consultation by following this link:
Fertility Consultation - Summary of Results