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Families face paying more for IVF with less NHS fertility treatment available

Families face more for IVF as the NHS offers fewer fertility treatments. Credit: ITV News

More couples desperate to start a family may have to pay thousands of pounds for IVF because there's less fertility treatment available on the National Health Service.

Campaigners who are warning that fewer health boards are now offering all three recommended cycles of IVF, with some in the Anglia region even thinking about stopping routine funding for it altogether.

NHS watchdog NICE recommends that women under 40 should be offered three full cycles of IVF if they've been trying to conceive naturally for two years.

But their guidance isn't compulsory. According to research by campaign group Fertility Fairness - you'll only be entitled to one round of IVF if you live in Bedfordshire, Corby, Milton Keynes or the Nene CCG areas.

In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Herts Valley, you'll get two cycles. And in Luton, and East and North Hertfordshire, couples get all three cycles recommended by NICE.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

Families fighting for compensation for loved-ones killed by contaminated blood

Families of victims of contaminated blood have been protesting outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: ITV News

Families are still battling for compensation after their lives were blighted by the deaths of loved ones given contaminated blood forty years ago.

Kerry Blake Oliver from Peterborough lost her father from liver cancer twenty years after he contracted Hepititis C from a blood transfusion in the 1980s.

She joined a protest outside Parliament while MPs discussed plans to reform its support for victims.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

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People in the East join protest over financial cuts to support contaminated blood victims

People in our region will launch a protest at plans to support victims of the contaminated blood scandal Credit: ITV News Anglia

Families from our region will launch a protest in London today, at plans to cut financial support to victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

The scandal saw thousands of patients given blood infected with HIV and Hepatitis C in the 1980s.

The demonstration, which will take place outside parliament, is expected to be attended by around 2,000 people.

Bedford Hospital says 'plans are in place' for Junior Dr strike

Bedford Hospital says plans are in place to keep patients safe during the junior doctors' strike.

The hospital has over 100 junior doctors working across its south and north wings.

Bosses say that whilst many hospital services will be unaffected, some non-urgent planned operations and appointments may have to be cancelled in order to ensure urgent care services are delivered safely.

“We have tried and tested plans from the last strike in place to make sure that safe patient care is provided. For example, during the previous strike actions, pharmacists accompanied doctors on their wards to help ensure smooth and efficient discharge of patients continued. The Trust would also like to remind local residents about using A&E services wisely."

– Karen Ward, Bedford Hospital Chief Operating Officer
  • All patients who have planned operations during the strike will be phoned by the hospital to inform whether or not it will go ahead.
  • Patients with diagnostic and outpatients appointments will only be contacted if their appointment needs to be cancelled.
  • If patients are unsure contact the number on their appointment letter.

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Colchester Hospital to take part in cancer drug trial

Colchester Hospital will take part in the trial. Credit: PA

Colchester Hospital is taking part in a new drug trial which it's hoped could give patients with advanced lung cancer up to an extra year of life.

Hospitals from all over the world, including the USA, Japan and Russia are taking part in the study, which will compare a new immunotherapy drug called 'Atezolizumab' against standard chemotherapy for patients with an advanced form of a particular type of lung cancer.

£240m contract for home care for elderly people and the long-term sick

A £240m contract for home care for elderly people and the long-term sick has been awarded in NE Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The elderly and those suffering from long-term illness may now be cared for closer to their home in parts of Essex.

More than £200 million has been invested in the North East of the county giving better access to clinics and other services, to keep people out of hospital and to live more independently.

Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) who've been awarded a £240 million contract for seven years by the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEECCG).

Although a similar scheme collapsed in Cambridgeshire in 2015 the NEECCG says ACE has a long track record of delivering community services and can deliver the services.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

Hospitals in the East gear up for junior doctors' strike

Junior doctors are striking over pay and conditions. Credit: ITV Anglia

Hospitals across the Anglia region say contingency plans are in place ahead of a 48-hour strike by junior doctors starting tomorrow morning (6 April).

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn said it had cancelled 98 operations that were due to take place over the two days of industrial action.

Patients are being urged to use other services, such as their pharmacy or GP, before going to A&E.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has cancelled 98 planned operations. Credit: ITV Anglia
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