Greater Manchester is the best place to live in England if you need “gold standard” fertility treatment on the NHS.

The report out this morning from The Fertility Fairness campaigners found that out of 209 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs),  only four were meeting national guidelines on IVF treatment.

Greater Manchester was singled out because it offers even more support than the minimum recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice).

Essex and South Norfolk are the worst places to get treatment with their authorities having cut all their NHS treatments.

“This is cruel and unethical, and a national disgrace for the country that pioneered IVF,” said Fertility Fairness co-chair Susan Seenan.

“Infertility is a disease, and women and men who cannot become parents without medical help are as deserving of healthcare as people with other medical conditions.”


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