Many couples living in the area covered by the Vale of York CCG were left devastated by the decision to make a U-turn on the promise to start funding some fertility treatment. Having been singled out as the worst provider in the country, it had seemed that the local CCG was about to improve matters for fertility patients – and so the change of heart just a month after the original promise seemed particularly cruel.
It has now emerged that one of the panel of voters – who had been in favour of offering IVF to local patients – abstained from the vote because he will be standing as an election candidate. You can read the full story in the Yorkshire Post, but it has emerged that the vote was lost five to four – which would not have been the case had Dr Mark Hayes used his vote. This was also covered by ITV News.
A petition has been launched by the fantastic fertility support group in York, and you can sign it here – please do!