In November 2017, we proposed restricting access to three services in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES): vasectomies, female sterilisations and fertility treatment.
We consulted widely on these proposals from November 2017 until the end of January 2018. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared their views with us.
What the public told us
We have now reviewed all of the feedback we received. To find out what people told us, please read our consultation summary or full consultation report and ‘consultation in numbers’ infographic on the right hand side of this page.
Please note, this information can all be made available in a range of languages, large print, Braille, or on CD/tape. To request an alternative format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 831 800.
What happened next?
A summary of the public’s feedback was included in a report, with recommendations, which were presented to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Board on Thursday 8 March 2018. To read the recommendations report, please download it from the right hand side of this page.
The final decision, on the basis of public feedback and the likelihood of incurring greater costs associated with unplanned pregnancies than the costs incurred by vasectomy, was to continue to fund vasectomies. Similarly, women will be able to access NHS-funded sterilisations if they have first explored alternative, less invasive forms of contraception.
With regard to fertility services, the Board balanced public feedback with clinical evidence on IVF success rates and the CCG’s financial decision. You can read more about the rationale in our news story.
The Board decided to change the CCG’s policy on fertility services so that:
- The female partner receiving treatment must be aged between 23 and 37 years
- The male partner of the woman receiving treatment must be aged 55 years or under
- The female partner receiving treatment must have a body mass index (BMI) in the healthy range for women wanting to conceive, of 19–30
- The male partner of the woman receiving treatment must have a healthy BMI of under 30
- Heterosexual couples must have been trying to conceive for at least 2 years where the female partner is aged 35 years or younger, and 1 year where the female partner is aged 36 -37 years.
The exact date that these policy changes will take place will be announced on these pages in due course.