Review of Stockport IVF NHS funding ban

A decision to refuse NHS-funded IVF treatment to women in Stockport is to be reviewed after the local PCT was merged into NHS Greater Manchester.

The new trust has been formed out an amalgamation of the ten former PCTs from across Greater Manchester.

It needs to make £400m savings over the next four years, but it said that it must have a "consistent" policy on funding IVF treatment.

Stockport was the only PCT in Greater Manchester to withdraw it.

'Different approaches'

It had taken the decision in December 2010 as a cost-cutting measure despite the advice of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which said women aged from 23 to 39, should be given up to three cycles of IVF on the NHS.

NHS Manchester's new chief executive Dr Mike Burrows said: "We want to make sure that the NHS offer to all people who live in Greater Manchester is a consistent offer and I accept the point that for a variety of reasons different approaches have been taken.

"This will be one of the early areas we are looking at.

"I know there is an issue in Stockport and IVF funding will be one of the issues which I'm sure we'll want to be looking at."

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