Disagreeing with NICE’s evaluation of evidence is not grounds for a CCG to deny recommended treatment, judge rules

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 17 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2847
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A 25 year old woman with Crohn’s disease whose imminent treatment is expected to leave her infertile has been offered free egg freezing by a private London clinic after losing her legal challenge to a refusal of NHS funding.1

Elizabeth Rose is to have the procedure at the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre, with her travel and accommodation expenses paid by Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group, which refused to pay for the egg freezing.

At the High Court in London Mr Justice Jay ruled that the refusal in March by the commissioning group to pay the £4050 (€5000; $6800) cost of egg freezing for Rose was not unlawful.

But Thanet …

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