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NICE calls for end to “postcode lottery” of fertility treatment

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6383 (Published 23 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6383
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has reiterated that fertility treatment is a core part of NHS services and should not depend on where patients live. The advisory body has criticised areas of the United Kingdom for not funding the full recommended number of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles.

NICE has published a new quality standard to remind local NHS funding bodies of the infertility services that they should provide. The quality standard has recommended three full cycles of IVF treatment for women under 40 who have failed to get pregnant after two years of trying or after 12 cycles of artificial insemination.1 It also said that women aged 40-42 should receive …

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