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IVF cycles 'should be free on NHS'

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A private fertility doctor has called for the NHS to give couples who are having difficulties conceiving three free cycles of IVF.

Sam Abdalla said the postcode lottery experienced by couples wanting IVF must end, and said it is “scandalous” that the treatment is not state-funded.

He called for the NHS to follow guidelines from the NICE, which said people should get three free cycles of treatment.

Mr Abdalla, who is medical director of the private Lister Fertility Clinic in London, said: “Infertility is not only a disease, it is also a social disorder with a profound effect on the individual, the family and wider society.

“It is scandalous that over 30 years after IVF was introduced, infertile couples are denied state-funded treatment for their predicament.”

Mr Abdalla added: “We believe that the full implementation of the NICE guidelines is long overdue.

“I would like to see the day when fertility patients come to me privately not because they have to, but because they want to.”

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