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Healthwatch Croydon encourages effective engagement on IVF service decision

Following NHS Croydon CCG’s announcement on a consultation on the future of IVF and ISCI assisted conception services in the borough, last week, Healthwatch Croydon is encouraging effective engagement by identifying some of the groups they need to consult with.

NHS Croydon CCG have launched a consultation to ask local people what they think of the proposal to stop the routine provision of some elements of the assisted conception service: IVF and ICSI. This proposal is in the context of the increasing financial challenges the CCG faces. NHS Croydon CCG needs to make savings of almost £30 million next financial year, which is around 6% of the commissioning budget for local health services of £482.3 million.

Typically, the CCG funds 150 cycles of IVF each year at a cost of over £800,000 to the local NHS. Croydon CCG currently offers one cycle of IVF to couples who meet the national criteria, whilst national guidance is to offer three cycles. NHS Croydon CCG is now proposing that they stop routine IVF and ISCI. Where there are exceptional clinical circumstances a GP or consultant could still make an application on behalf of a couple to the Individual Funding Request Panel. Find out more on our consultations page. The consultation runs until Wednesday 1 March 2017. They are also holding a public meeting to discuss these proposals at 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday 24 January 2017.

Jai Jayaraman, Healthwatch Croydon Interim Chief Executive said: “The future of IVF services in the borough will no doubt be a very emotive subject area, especially for those directly affected. We believe that effective consultation to all relevant groups is essential and are pleased to assist the CCG in identifying the groups that they need to consult with about the proposed changes. This is key to ensuring that whatever decision is made, Croydon residents have been able to have their say and contribute effectively to the discussions.”

See the coverage Healthwatch Croydon received in the Croydon Advertiser. (11 January 2017)