The deadline for people wanting to comment on the future provision of assisted conception across Hampshire has been extended. The original deadline was 19th October, but it has now been extended to Friday 7th November to allow more people to comment if they wish to do so.
Dr David Chilvers, who chairs NHS Fareham and Gosport CCG, said:
“We’ve had a terrific response already to our online survey with more than 1,000 responses, which is really pleasing.
“But we still have time on our side before we start the process of evaluating people’s views and because of the high level of interest already we thought we would extend the deadline, just in case more people want to comment.”
A link to the survey and further details are available on the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning (CCG) website http://www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/public-consultations/ivf-services.htm
The CCGs have asked public health specialists to review the most recent evidence of clinical and cost-effectiveness for IVF and Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published updated clinical guidelines earlier this year. But they are also seeking views from the public to inform their decision-making. That public feedback will then be considered alongside the recommendations of clinicians, before each CCG makes a decision about funding of, and eligibility for, IVF treatment on the NHS.
Currently, the local NHS offers one cycle of IVF treatment to women who meet the eligibility criteria.
Each CCG has an annual budget which has to be used to commission (buy) a very wide range of health services and treatments for local people, from urgent care services to treatments for long-term conditions, medicines, x-rays and community services.
All eight CCGs offer IVF but want to find the right balance between offering the treatment and being able to meet the other health needs of their local communities.