Shapps reveals IVF postcode lottery worse than before

THE postcode lottery for IVF provision on the NHS has got worse over the last two years, MP Grant Shapps has revealed. The Welwyn Hatfield MP has conducted a major new survey two years on from a similar study. His research shows more than eight out of

THE 'postcode lottery' for IVF provision on the NHS has got worse over the last two years, MP Grant Shapps has revealed.

The Welwyn Hatfield MP has conducted a major new survey two years on from a similar study.

His research shows more than eight out of 10 primary care trusts are failing to follow national guidelines, which state three full cycles of IVF treatment should be provided to infertile couples.

He said two trusts had even admitted to not providing any IVF treatment at all in the last two years.

Mr Shapps, whose own three children were born through IVF treatment, said: "The report is based on FOI responses from more than 80 per cent of PCTs and is the most comprehensive picture of IVF provision in Britain since a similar piece of work I carried out two years ago.