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Fertility Services

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of fertility services in Shropshire. (81849)

NHS West Midlands reports that both Shropshire county primary care trust and Telford and Wrekin PCT provide two cycles of in vitro fertilisation treatment to couples in which the woman is aged 37.5 or under at the time of treatment. Their policy on eligibility for treatment was determined before the publication of the clinical guideline on the assessment and treatment for people with fertility problems produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

The PCTs are currently reviewing their policies against the NICE guidelines and a paper will be produced for consideration by the respective boards in the autumn.