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Health bosses in York backtrack on free IVF decision

Childless couples in York have been dealt a blow after local NHS chiefs backtracked on a decision to offer them a free course of IVF.

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No IVF for York couples

The NHS in York has backtracked on a decision earlier this summer to offer childless couples IVF treatment. The city is the only place in the UK not to offer at least one cycle of IVF.

In June, the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group's governing body agreed a policy of offering one cycle of IVF to people who met their criteria. It followed years where the treatment had been denied to people in the area because NHS managers said there was not enough money to fund the service.

But today the governing body narrowly voted not to introduce IVF treatment this year. They will look again at the issue at the end of this financial year.

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