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To: The Chief Executive, Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group
SAY NO TO THE RATIONING OF HEALTHCARE IN STOCKPORT
- Not limit IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) offered to women aged under 40 in Stockport to one cycle
- Restore the NICE prescribed 3 cycles of IVF
Why is this important?
Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is proposing to restrict in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to women who are unable to have a child. According to the National Institute For Health and Care Excellence (NICE), women aged under 40 should be offered 3 cycles of IVF treatment on the NHS. In Stockport, only two cycles are offered, but now the CCG wants to reduce this to one.
The CCG says that other areas in Greater Manchester have already reduced the number of cycles and therefore it is OK for this to happen in Stockport. But this is a RACE TO THE BOTTOM.
The CCG’s proposal infers that some medical conditions are more worthy than others. But people needing IVF know the importance and true value of the procedure. The website of the organisation ‘Fertility Fairness’ says that the World Health Organisation classifies infertility as a disease and, as with any other medical condition, it is deserving of treatment. If left untreated infertility can result in stress, anxiety, depression and the breakdown of relationships.
Locally, Trafford CCG tried to end IVF treatment last year, but were forced to drop their plans. In Warrington they tried to start charging people for procedures like hip replacements and cataract operations, but public opinion resulted in a U turn.
Our campaign to stop the cut in IVF and for restoration of the 3 cycles prescribed by NICE achieved a partial success, when the CCG suspended its public consultation, following backing from Stockport Healthwatch for our concerns that the consultation document was seriously flawed and misleading. See this report in the Stockport Express, 06/11/19 "IVF consultation halted" : https://tinyurl.com/y2hut25x
WE are now waiting to hear whether the CCG will rework and recommence the public consultation or whether it will now withdraw its cuts proposal
We want to continue to grow this petition, so we can relaunch our campaign running, should the CCG opt for the formder course of action. Please share the petition widely.
Please read our leaflet https://tinyurl.com/y67erxxf for further information.
Promoted by Stockport United Against Austerity
How it will be delivered
In person to the Chief Executive of Stockport CCG