The age women can qualify for IVF treatment on the NHS has been widened by 12 years.
The decision was made by the NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group and will see women between 23 and 39-years-old qualify. Previously the age range was between 30 and 34-years-old.
Dr Nicola Smith, Chair of NHS Milton Keynes CCG and a local GP said: “We wanted to be fair to couples receiving fertility treatment and the move brings Milton Keynes into line with other East Midlands CCG areas. The service will be in line with other local areas to avoid postcode lottery situations as much as possible. The CCG will continue to restrict access to IVF due to the current financial climate however the changes to the policy will result in more couples having successful treatment”
The change was approved by the NHS MK CCG at its latest Board meeting. The same condition applies for couples who receive Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) as an infertility treatment.