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Residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen are encouraged to have their say on Assisted Conception Services

NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) have been working in partnership with the other six CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria to review clinical policies across the region and are currently seeking feedback on their policy for Assisted Conception Services (including IVF).

 The eight CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria have all agreed that there is a need to review their clinical policies in order to ensure a consistent and fair approach, update current policies in accordance with National Guidelines and best clinical practice, and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

Residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen are therefore invited to read the proposed draft policy on assisted conception services (including IVF). The proposed policy has an impact on patients and couples considering assisted conception, including IVF, in order to start a family.

Residents are being consulted over a 12 week period and open forum events are being planned for each CCG area. Residents can provide their feedback and comments now and throughout the 12 weeks by completing the relevant survey. This can all be accessed at: http://eastlancsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/current-engagement/policy-harmonisation/lancashire-wide-review-and-harmonisation-of-clinical-policies/assisted-conception-services

Dr David White, Clinical Lead for both CCGs, said:

“The CCGs are responsible for commissioning a wide range of clinical services, including secondary (hospital), community and mental health services and for paying for those services, for and on behalf of, the local population. In some areas this also includes commissioning GP services. We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent manner but in so doing we must take into account the limited resources we have.

“A key role for the CCG is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources. I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG website and have their say. I also encourage residents to attend the open forum events when they are finalised.”