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Fertility: Medical Treatments

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 75948, tabled on 16 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS backlog does not restrict access to fertility treatments.

Answered on

23 November 2021

The level of local health service provision for patients, including fertility treatment, is decided by local commissioning groups. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidelines set out how fertility treatment should be offered to patients and are based on best clinical practice. The Department meets regularly with NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to review fertility treatment activity data. Recent assessments show that fertility treatment in England is approaching pre-COVID-19 levels.

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