NHS Stockport is to suspend funding for IVF treatment as part of its drive to deliver £21 million worth of savings.
The trust will provide funds so that patients on its current IVF waiting list may receive treatment but no new patients will be added to the list.
Patients, on the waiting list, who’ve yet to start treatment will have one cycle paid for whilst those who have already had one cycle will receive funding for one further cycle to a maximum of two.
NHS Stockport provides funds for an average of 68 patients a year to receive IVF at St Marys Hospital in Manchester at an annual cost of around a third of a million pounds.
But during consultations with community groups in the borough, IVF funding has consistently been seen as a low priority by people in Stockport.
Read more on Stockport PCT website.