Petition is successful with 1,256 signatures
To: Julia Ross, Chief Officer of Bristol, Nth Somerset and South Glos CCG
Stop cuts to IVF in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
We won! 18/11/17
I'm over the moon to have such a happy update for you all - the local CCGs have withdrawn their proposed cuts to IVF in Bristol and the surrounding areas. An amazing result! Thank you so much for getting involved in the campaign.
More than 1,200 of you signed this petition, and 629 individuals filled out the consulation. 90% of respondents disagreed with the proposals to cut the age limit for women eligible for IVF to 30-35. Some of the comments that individuals left in the consulation are included in this report, and make for quite heartbreaking reading.
As part of the decision to withdraw the proposals, the CCG noted their concern that "the risk of a legal challenge is high given the inequality in respect of age which will be exacerbated by this proposal". Too right!
I've said it before and I'll say it again - nobody wants to go through IVF. It is a treatment of last resort for women and couples that can't start a family. Our NHS needs to be funded properly so that it can be there for everybody that requires treatment.
Sadly, on the same day that we found out Bristol CCG have withdrawn their unfair plans, a nearby CCG (BANES) anounced similar cruel proposals to cut IVF. Please do fill in their consultation and tell them to stop targeting women and couples desparate to try for a family: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/fertilitytreatment
A massive thank you again for your support. This simply wouldn't have happened without you all signing this petition and filling in the consultation.
Read more about the Bristol plans being withdrawn: