Nice recommends that women under 40 be given three rounds of IVF on the NHS if they have been trying for a baby for more than two years. Yet Freedom of Information requests reveal only 38 of England’s 211 clinical commissioning groups follow these guidelines (down from 48 last year), apparently as a result of trying to reduce costs.

Yes, the cost of the average IVF attempt on the NHS is £3,435 and no, Nice’s recommendations do not come with any money attached but this is one guideline that should be followed.

Reported by the Sunday Express. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.