So, North East Essex are the latest commissioning group to announce their plans to stop funding fertility treatment. The commissioners claim that in North East Essex there are “substantial numbers of people whose health, including their fertility, is affected by their lifestyle (for instance smoking, excessive drinking, and lack of exercise)”. Are there really huge numbers of smokers who drink to excess trying to access NHS-funded fertility treatment in the Colchester area? Most people I talk to who have fertility problems lead extraordinarily healthy lifestyles, so I’d be interested know what you think…
They are suggesting that fertility treatment should only be available for people who have had cancer and for couples where the male partner has Hepatitis C or HIV (in these they are proposing to offer ICSI despite the fact that NICE doesn’t recommend this at all).
You can read more about their proposals here. They are arranging a series of consultation “events”, so if you are able to get along to any of these, please do speak up for fertility patients. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to say you’ll be there.
The first is on Tuesday 7 July in Colchester at 6pm at Room 12a, Primary Care Centre, Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JR.
The next is on Friday 10 July at 2pm in Clacton at Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton CO15 1SE
Then on Thursday 16 July at 6.30pm at Clacton at the Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton CO15 1SE
And finally on Tuesday 21 July at 10am at Walton on the Naze at Columbine Centre, Prince’s Esplanade, Walton on the Naze CO14 8PZ