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Decisions made on IVF and MVA services

Press release issued by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group
24 January 2017

The views of local people have helped health commissioners make their decisions following a major engagement exercise over last summer

Today (24 January), Governing Body members of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group have decided to make no change to the current in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) policy of up to two cycles for eligible patients.  It was also agreed that a marginalised and vulnerable adult (MVA) service covering east and west Suffolk will be re-commissioned so it continues to support the most vulnerable members of the community.

These decisions were reached following a period of extensive engagement during summer 2016, in partnership with NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Healthwatch Suffolk, to determine the future of IVF and MVA services in east and west Suffolk.  Almost 1400 pieces of feedback were received, with the CCGs holding 22 events enabling people to have face-to-face discussions, give valuable feedback and talk about the wider issues of how the CCGs can save money to ensure a locally viable NHS in the future. 

Dr Mark Shenton, chairman, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The level of feedback has been incredible, which highlights the passion people have for their NHS. From this feedback and with input from local health professionals, Governing Body members have been able to reach these decisions. I believe these are the right decisions and show how good patient engagement is essential when planning changes to services that will affect the lives of so many people.

“The proposals were originally made last year when both CCGs needed to make combined financial savings approaching £13 million in order to balance the books. While there is certainly a long way to go and the financial challenges will continue, the CCG has managed to bring budgets under control, reduce inefficiencies and currently has a steadier financial position.

“Focussing on maintaining a financial balance will still be an important priority over the coming months, and we continue to ask for people’s support. We will shortly be introducing a new campaign on how people can help the NHS save money by buying medicine over the counter from the pharmacy rather than on prescription, which will be supported by a new film.”

Governing Body members of NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will discuss these proposals at their meeting tomorrow (25 January).

Additional Information

  1. IVF – IESCCG currently funds two cycles of IVF treatment for women aged up to 40, and one cycle of treatment for women aged 40 -42. This arrangement will continue and there will be no change on access to IVF
  2. MVA - MVA service is currently delivered across east and west Suffolk, and the proposal was to focus this service on east Suffolk only. An MVA service will continue to be delivered across both areas and a procurement process will shortly begin shortly, working with partners, which will deliver the right level of support to vulnerable members of the community.
  3. You can read the original proposal document which gives details of the engagement and more information on IVF and MVA services HERE
  4. You can read the independent public engagement feedback report HERE


Issued by The Communications Team on 01473 770014

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group – www.ipswichandeastsuffolkccg.nhs.uk

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