Croydon and Eastern Cheshire are the latest NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) reported to be planning to reduce access to fertility treatment.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines state that couples should be entitled to three 'rounds' of IVF treatment on the NHS. Eastern Cheshire, like many other areas, now plans to offer only one. Croydon already offers only one, and now plans to effectively eliminate publicly funded fertility treatment completely. 

Unfortunately, given the apparent political paralysis over the funding crisis in the NHS, we should expect these cuts to continue, causing enormous pain for numerous prospective parents.