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Consultation into proposed cuts to 'specialist' fertility treatments across Cambridgeshire

Public consultation to begin into plans for future of fertility treatment across Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to cut specialist fertility treatments across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are to be sent out for public consultation.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group says it's having to make tough decisions about funding due to financial pressures.

One idea is to stop routinely giving specialist services to most cases apart from two exceptions; patients undergoing cancer treatment and men who have a chronic viral infection.

"The CCG has to make some very difficult decisions about how to allocate our budget. It is a fixed budget and yet we have a growing demand for all types of healthcare services, as well as a significant financial deficit to clear. We are now in the position that we have to evaluate every service we commission. Specialist fertility services are expensive treatments and last year we spent over £1million on them. "

– Dr Gary Howsam, Clinical Chair & Chief Clinical Officer

The new policy would still allow for patients to be referred from their GP to their local hospital for investigation into their infertility.

But once a patient has completed their investigations, the proposed policy would no longer allow for patients requiring IVF treatments then to be referred from the local hospital to the specialist fertility services for treatments funded by the NHS, apart from the exceptions above.

In 2015/2016, 200 people accessed IVF services

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More specialist dementia nursing for families in Norfolk

More specialist nursing is to be available for families living with dementia in Norfolk.

Three of the county's clinical commissioning groups have agreed to finance £300,000 over the next two years to help pay for six Admiral nurses who provide dementia nursing.

A weekly dementia cafe is held in Wymondham in Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

However there's a warning from the CGC's that future funding might not be available and may have to come from the local community or charities like Dementia UK.

The weekly cafe is celebrating it's 8th birthday Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We've matched funds with the three CCGs across the two year period so half the money is being used is already fundraised money and certainly we are going to have to be more creative in how we think of things going forward. We are going to have to evaluate services fully to see how we can make them more efficient and make sure we target families who most need the support."

– Zena Aldridge, Regional Admiral nurse, Dementia UK


Plans for a fast food 'exclusion zone' around schools in Milton Keynes

The plans could prevent fast food restaurants operating near schools Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to introduce a fast food restaurant "exclusion zone" around schools in Milton Keynes will be put to the public, after councillors agreed to push forward with the idea.

The exclusion zone would mean fast food restaurants could no longer open new premises within 400 metres of primary and secondary schools in Milton Keynes.

"We want to do all we can to encourage young people eat healthily. Research shows that where hot food takeaways are situated very close to school, young people will use them regularly. This approach, which could mean stopping new hot food takeaway premises opening very close to schools, is just one action that the Council is considering to support healthy eating locally."

– Milton Keynes Council
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