Infertile woman, aged 24, accuses trust of age discrimination after being refused IVF

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 11 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4064
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A 24 year old nursery nurse who was left infertile by a ruptured appendix when she was a child is accusing her local primary care trust of age discrimination in refusing her in vitro fertilisation treatment on the NHS.

Andrea Heywood and her 25 year old husband, Aaron, have been turned down for treatment on the NHS because under the funding guidelines of the primary care trust NHS Portsmouth IVF is available only to women aged 30 to 34.

Her solicitor, Louisa Ghevaert of the law firm Porter Dodson, …

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