Recently, a number of residents contacted me regarding our local NHS Care Commissioning Group’s (CCG) policy on IVF treatment for same-sex couples.
The current policy means that women in same-sex relationships require 12 attempts at unstimulated Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) over a 12 month period before being able to access IVF treatment covered by the NHS. This would come at a personal cost of £19,200.
As a mother myself, I understand the joy, pride and happiness that children bring. I recognise the sincere desire of many LGBT+ people to experience the same and start their own families - providing their future children with safe and loving homes.
On behalf of concerned residents, I wrote to the CCG to challenge their current policy and encourage a more equal route to those wanting to start a family.