Herts Valleys clinical commissioning group (CCG) has decided to reinstate funding for one IVF cycle for eligible couples.

In October 2017, the CCG took the decision to withdraw funding for IVF when it was placed in formal financial turnaround.

The CCG’s board felt that they could take this decision to reinstate because the organisation’s financial position has improved from 2017. Reinstating the policy will bring Herts Valleys’ IVF provision in line with neighbouring CCGs.

Kathryn Magson, chief executive of Herts Valleys CCG, said: “The consultation we undertook in 2017 gave us a clear view that many people are keen for us to make routine funding of IVF available on the NHS for people who meet our clinical criteria.

“This year, we have continued to maintain a strong financial position. When we reviewed the policy six months ago, we were concerned about the pressures the NHS may face during this winter period, but we have managed these pressures. After delivering two years of financial balance, the CCG is now in a position where it can reinvest in services like this.”

IVF is one of several techniques to help people with fertility problems having a baby.

Herts Valleys serves patients in Watford, St Albans & Harpenden, Hertsmere, Three Rivers, and Dacorum.