NHS Croydon CCG wants local people to have their say about proposals to stop the routine provision of some elements of the assisted conception services for couples who have trouble conceiving naturally: In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).
The CCG want to know what local people think about these proposals in light of the financial pressures the local NHS is facing. NHS Croydon CCG needs to make savings of almost £30 million next financial year, which is around 6% of the Commissioning budget for local health services of £482.3 million.
Typically, the CCG funds 150 cycles of IVF each year at a cost of over £800,000 to the local NHS. NHS Croydon CCG currently offers one cycle of IVF to couples who meet the national criteria, whilst national guidance is to offer three cycles. NHS Croydon CCG is now in a financial position where we are proposing that we stop routine IVF. Where there are exceptional clinical circumstances a GP or consultant could still make an application on behalf of a couple to the Individual Funding Request Panel.
The consultation period will close on Wednesday 1 March 2017.
For more information, see the Croydon CCG website.