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No NHS IVF for women whose Partners have children from previous marriages

Do all PCT's have the policy of not permitting women to have free IVF if their husbands have children from a previous marriage (even if they are not now dependent?)

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not all of them - some say no children to one partner, some say no children to either partner, some say no children as a couple. Another example of the unfair treatment being dished out by the PCTs which we hope will change when the new CCGs come into being in April. It's not a guarantee though and we expect to have to keep fighting for fair access for everyone. If your PCT denies you treatment try appealing on the basis that you have the fertility problem and they are discriminating against you if they deny you treatment, Also point out that the NICE Guideline doesn't cover this and the recommendations are to offer treatment to those with a fertility problem - if you have a fertility problem you should qualify. Its worth an appeal

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Thank you ! So much - I write on behalf of my daughter who is going through James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough area and she was told before even entering into any investigation that she would have to pay. I also have a young friend who has been trying for over 4 years and has had two ectopic pregnancies and is in exactly the same position as my daughter i.e. partner with children. I will most certainly pass your information on to them both. Thanks again!

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I also had to pay for my treatment as my partner has children. I did appeal as I have severe endometriosis which was dismissed for years I was still refused any funding the system stinks the way it works.

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It's Shocking! Good Luck with your treatment!

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i have been told this too. I think its unfair

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It is so unfair - you are so right! I wrote to our MP but didn't even get a reply...It's blatant discrimination

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I am 22 cannot have children naturally, but my other half has a lil girl and I have been offered free IVF think I get 2 free chances, doesn't seem right that some people can and others can't

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Hi there, I have just seen your reply...could you tell me which area are you from? My daughter is from Cleveland and I also have a young friend from the same area who also has been told free IVF is not available! We have been told it's a waste of time appealing to the PCT I believe PCT's are now defunct) haven't a clue who to write to at the moment but I'm working on it for both my daughter and young friend.

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Can I ask which PCT you are under please? Thank you

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Hi, is there possible to let me know which area are you from?

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Hi Tarapudbear, is there possible to let me know which area are you from?

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Where was this? Please help

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Hi,

I am marriage and my partner have children from the previous marriage. I have seen the clinic today (first time) as I am trying to be pregnant for over 8 yrs without success. I received an information that I am not eligible to the NHS IVF treatment because my partner already have two children. Strange, deprived me of the hope of being a mother.

Maybe I should lie? Or betray my husband after 15 years of marriage and look for another partner without children?

I feel discriminated.

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