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Still time for Harlow residents to influence policy on IVF and Specialist Fertility Services

Health / Mon 28th Aug 2017 at 02:13pm

STILL time to influence policy on IVF and Specialist Fertility Services and the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines

There is still time to influence the policy on IVF and Specialist Fertility Services and the routine prescribing of ‘over-the-counter’ medicines in west Essex. West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) is asking people for their views on proposals designed to make best use of the money available to the local NHS, while helping as many people as possible to live healthier, longer lives and avoid preventable illnesses.

This comes as the CCG faces an increase in the number of people who need health service support and many people are living longer, often with complex conditions.

These proposals are about:

Reducing or stopping the availability of NHS-funded IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and
specialist fertility services.

Limiting the routine prescription of medicines and products that can be bought without
prescription for short-term conditions and minor ailments.

Dr Rob Gerlis, Chair of West Essex CCG said, “Wherever possible we are looking to make savings that won’t affect the quality of patient care. We are working more closely with our partners in the local health and social care system to avoid duplication and reduce administration costs; laying plans to make more efficient use of technology and buildings and working with those organisations that directly provide services to deliver best value for money.”

Residents in west Essex can continue to provide their comments until 14 September 2017. The CCG would like to hear the views of local residents and groups – regardless of whether they are directly affected. As this will help shape the CCG’s thinking on how it provides these services.

There are series of meetings as part of the engagement process.

Thursday 31 August
Time: 18:30-20:30
Venue: West Essex CCG Board Room, Building 4, Spencer Close, St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, CM16 6TN

Saturday 2 September
Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: The Maltings, Mill Lane, Great Dunmow, CM6 1BG

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