Campaign for equitable treatment
If you are finding it difficult to access NHS fertility treatment, or just want to help improve access, then join our campaign.
Access to NHS fertility treatment varies across the country. Local variations are more apparent in England where your postcode determines not only the number of cycles you will receive, but also the access criteria. Each of the devolved nations has their own centrally set standard access criteria with the number of cycles available equitable across each area.
To campaign for improved access to NHS fertility treatment, write (or email or tweet) to your local politician. In order to make this as straightforward as possible for you, we have prepared some draft letters appropriate for the areas where we are campaigning for changes (see below). If you are comfortable doing so, it is helpful to include details of your personal situation: how fertility struggles affect you physically, emotionally, financially and socially
England is, quite simply, a postcode lottery and here our campaign calls for full implementation of the NICE Guideline. Write to your MP pointing out that NICE recommends those eligible should access up to three full cycles, and asking for their support to improve the current situation. For more support and information get in touch with our England Co-ordinator.
You can also send a copy of your correspondence to:
Nicola Blackwood, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health at the Department of Health, Richmond House, 79 Whitehall London SW1A 2NS
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Provision in Northern Ireland is poor, with only one part cycle offered and here again we need to campaign for an increase in the number of cycles offered. Write to your MLA, pointing out how unfair access in Northern Ireland is compared to Scotland and Wales, and ask for their support. You can also email our N Ireland Co-ordinator to find out how else you can help.
Currently Scotland offers two full cycles to those eligible. However this will soon increase to three. We will continue to work with the Scottish Government to implement the new recommendations, which will ensure that anyone living in Scotland will have access to the best provision of NHS fertility treatment in the UK.
Those living in Wales currently receive two full cycles; we now need to campaign for Wales to follow Scotland and increase this to three. You can help by writing to your AM to ask for their support. You can also email our Wales Co-ordinator for more information, and to find out what more you can do.