New hope for IVF treatment in Gloucestershire
COUPLES hoping for babies using IVF treatment have been handed hope by hospital bosses in the county.
NHS Gloucestershire and the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group have approved plans to extend the commissioning of IVF to three full cycles.
It brings the county in line with National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommendations on the provision of IVF treatment.
The policy, which comes into effect on October 1, will effect woman aged between 23 and 39, when there is no living child from the current relationship.
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MP Martin Horwood has warmly welcomed the announcement.
He said: 'This is genuinely fantastic news from the local NHS. I'd like to congratulate them on finding the funds within existing budgets to support childless couples across the county even in these tough economic times.
"It is particularly important that the decision has been taken not only by the current primary care trusts but also by the new Clinical Commissioning Group.
"This means the expanded services will survive the imminent changes to NHS structures under the controversial NHS Act."
Martin raised the issue of IVF services during Labour's cuts to the NHS in 2006, opposing the decision then to cut the service in Gloucestershire altogether.