Croydon IVF funding axe shows NHS is in a desperate situation
Labour MP for Croydon North Steve Reed has called on the Government to step in after Croydon became the first London borough to axe funding for IVF treatment.
Croydon CCG has been placed in financial special measures and told to cut spending by £54m by NHS England.
Despite a public consultation opposing plans to axe IVF funding in Croydon, the CCG went ahead with the decision this week.
It means Croydon’s fertility unit is likely to close and couples will be forced to seek private treatment.
Steve Reed MP said:
The NHS in London is in a desperate situation after years of underfunding from this Tory government.
This decision will be heartbreaking for couples who will now be forced to pay thousands of pounds for private treatment, move away, or give up on their hopes of becoming parents.
The NHS is supposed to be a fair and universal service yet under this government, a couple in neighbouring Surrey will now be treated better than a couple a few miles down the road in Croydon.
Croydon CCG should rethink their decision and the Government should step in and give our NHS the funding it needs to maintain services.
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.