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IVF Couples 'in Postcode Lottery' in U.K.

BBC News,  Aug 6, 2009
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More than 80% of NHS primary care trusts in England fail to offer the recommended three free cycles of IVF to infertile couples, an MP has claimed.

The Department of Health says 30% of PCTs provide three cycles of the fertilisation treatment.

But Tory MP Grant Shapps, who has contacted every PCT, says these figures are out of date.

A "postcode lottery" operates, with rules on age, relationships and other children varying widely, he insists.

In some cases, women who would be deemed too old for treatment by one PCT would be seen as too young by another.

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