Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has welcomed the decision by North East Essex CCG (NEECCG) to reinstate IVF provision across Colchester and Tendring.

The decision means two cycles of IVF treatment will be available to patients in north east Essex who meet the necessary criteria from 1 April 2020.  It brings the number of cycles offered in north east Essex in line with the Suffolk threshold. Further information can be found here:

Dr Hasan Chowhan, Chairman of NEECCG, said:

“While I am pleased that the NEECCG is now in a position to reinstate this policy, I also appreciate and acknowledge the emotional strain and heartache this would have caused many local couples who would have wanted this treatment since the restriction was introduced in 2015.  Implementing this policy at that time was an extremely difficult decision for myself and my board colleagues but we did so to ensure our limited resource was put to the best possible use to the majority of people we serve.

“Back in 2015, we did promise we would review the restriction at regular intervals.  We have kept to our word and after now achieving a healthier financial position, we are able to reinstate this service for people who meet the clinical criteria.  Healthwatch Essex has agreed to support the NEECCG to reinstate this policy and to help us to inform the people we serve.”

Giles said:

“It is great news that NEECCG are now in a position to reinstate this policy, and I have corresponded with NEECCG on behalf of several couples who have been battling to secure these services. Make no mistake, this decision is the result of sound management from Dr Chowhan and his staff, for which I thank them, and this is just another example of NEECCG striving to improve services for local residents. As always, I will continue to work with NEECCG to deliver the best services for our area.”