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Families say turning IVF into 'postcode lottery' would have been 'inhumane'

Families struggling to have children say they're delighted with a decision to keep fertility and IVF services in Hartlepool.

The NHS trust that runs them had said it could no longer provide them.

So the town's council took it to the high court - and won.

Couples have said it's the right decision, and that turning fertility treatment into a postcode lottery would have been 'inhumane.'

Watch Frances Read's report:

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Fertility services to continue in Hartlepool: Council claim 'victory for democracy'

It has been announced that fertility services will continue in Hartlepool.

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust had previously said it couldn't recruit staff and so couldn't run a safe service. In April the council went to the High Court to appeal the decision and a new consultation was launched.

NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a public consultation in which it asked for the views of local people on where assisted reproduction services are located.

At a meeting at Hartlepool Civic Centre this morning the council claimed its was a "victory for democracy."

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