To: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

Keep IVF treatment on the NHS in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Keep IVF treatment on the NHS in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Do not pursue proposals to stop funding IVF treatment
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Why is this important?

IVF is an amazing treatment that allows couples who have exhausted all other avenues a chance at conceiving their own child.

Currently, despite the National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommending 3 cycles of treatment funded by the NHS, only one shot is allowed to couples here.

Now the local clinical commissioning group are proposing to end this entirely.

I know several women who have successfully conceived thanks to IVF funded by the NHS. One of them told me;

'I know firsthand how utterly devastating it can be to find you are unable to conceive naturally. The years my partner and I spent fruitlessly trying for a baby were beyond comparison the most difficult experience I have been through. I can’t express the relief when we were finally referred for fertility treatment on the NHS, or the joy when it worked.

Fertility is a health issue and the NHS exists to look after everyone’s health. Treatment for infertility shouldn’t be something that’s only available to those who can afford to pay for it.”

Imagine this opportunity being denied to people who cannot afford expensive private treatment?

The proposals will save the regional NHS £700,000. A very small amount of money when you compare the figure to the £17.6m the NHS has been forced to spend on private management consultants to draw up new 'transformation' plans demanded by the government.

We must not allow this option for couples to be ended.

Please sign, share and ask your friends to sign, so that we can show that the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will not accept this miserable proposal going any further.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge Road, Fulbourn

Reasons for signing

  • There are plenty of other ways for the NHS to save money - why should paracetamol be available to everyone on prescription, when it's so inexpensive to buy!
  • Infertility is a very painful journey to go on. You only really know what it's like if you've been though it yourself. The stress is great and the unknown is hard to take. Why can't we have a baby? What is wrong with us? The option of IVF is of great importance as people who are unable to conceive naturally have an option if they are happy to try it. It's sad that the aim is just to save money. Yet behind the savings could potentially be people desperate to conceive.
  • couples should not have to pay for fertility treatment I think cuts need to be made elsewhere your playing with people's dreams and emotions .

Updates

2017-04-07 07:41:48 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-04-03 11:01:03 +0100

A huge thankyou to everyone who has signed so far. We are now at over 500 signatures already and our campaign has been covered by local newspapers. The Cambridge News are also interested in publicising it this week also.

We are hoping to grow the campaign much more and also hold some public meetings where the proposals can be debated and discussed with representatives from the local NHS.

Thankyou all for your support.

2017-04-02 13:06:12 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-03-29 18:38:18 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-03-28 20:11:30 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-03-28 11:33:27 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-03-27 18:48:30 +0100

10 signatures reached