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BPAS Fertility comment: new NHS England guidance regarding fertility treatment during Covid-19

Marta Jansa Perez, Director of Embryology at BPAS Fertility, said:

“It’s great to see the HFEA, NHS England and NICE offer clear guidance on this issue, to ensure patients’ needs are met by CCGs.

“In England we already have an injurious postcode lottery system whereby certain patients are denied IVF purely because of where they live.

“This leaves many no option but to privately fund their treatment. It’s against the most basic principle of the NHS – that care should be provided according to need and not ability to pay. We can’t allow the same approach in our response to the pandemic.

“I really hope all CCGs in England will heed this advice and stop the clock. Fertility patients have been hit hard this year – this is the least they deserve.”

ENDS

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About BPAS

BPAS is a charity which sees almost 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception at clinics across the Great Britain. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here: https://www.bpas.org/get-involved/centre-for-reproductive-research-communication/

BPAS will be launching a not-for-profit fertility service in 2021 to provide ethical, evidence based, person-centred care that supports patients. We intend to only charge what it costs to provide a safe, high-quality, and accessible service to patients who may be unable to access NHS funded care.