We provide high-quality, compassionate, patient-centred fertility care to our patients, and we also advocate to improve care for all whether they are seeking treatment from the NHS or the private sector.
Government pledges to end IVF policies which discriminate against same-sex female couples
The government has announced the removal of requirements for same-sex female couples to pay for artificial insemination prior to being eligible for NHS-funded IVF services. This commitment is a part of the government's Women's Health Strategy, published today.
Ending the IVF postcode lottery
Our research has found that systemic problems with NHS funding have effectively created a fertility postcode lottery, with devastating consequences for some patients. People living just a few streets apart are facing a gulf between them when it comes to the NHS-funded IVF care they are entitled to.
We work alongside campaigners, advocates, and patient groups to challenge the postcode lottery, and ensure that all patients have comprehensive, equal access to NHS fertility care, regardless of where they live.
Fight discriminatory policies that disadvantage patients due to their sexual orientation
Fertility services are crucial in supporting the development of different family structures, providing same-sex couples with the ability to try to become parents. Our recent investigation has found that same-sex female couples seeking NHS-funded IVF care face additional, hidden financial burdens which amount to a tax on LGBT+ families.
To learn more about our campaign to revoke these discriminatory barriers, watch our online event, Fighting for Fertility Equality, here.
Challenge unfair practices in the private sector
The majority of IVF cycles provided in the UK are self-funded by patients, often at great personal cost. Having fertility treatment can be a vulnerable experience, and the financial burden adds an extra layer of complexity for patients, who are often not used to funding their own healthcare. All patients deserve a transparent service and comprehensive support from their fertility clinic at every stage of their fertility journey.
The Competition and Markets Authority raised concerns about private fertility clinics’ practices, such as a lack of price transparency and misleading claims about success rates, meaning patients may be unable to compare clinics. We provided evidence to a recent inquiry from the CMA, which has resulted in new guidance which clarifies private clinics’ obligations under UK consumer law when they are treating private patients. We are calling for a thorough assessment of clinics’ compliance to ensure that they are following the guidance in all their interactions with patients.
Improving access to NHS-funded care for single women
In 2020, BPAS Fertility brought together and led a coalition of charities, patient advocates, and parliamentarians to challenge NHS South East London’s policy which excluded single women from funded fertility treatment (on the basis of incredibly offensive views about single parent families.) You can read our letter to the CCG here. Following our campaign, the CCG announced a review of their policy and eventually reversed their ban on single women accessing funded fertility care. We also conducted extensive research on CCG policies, publishing a report which highlighted that single women, as well as same-sex female couples, face significant discrimination.
We are currently undertaking a research project on the representation of fertility patients in the media, and are running a survey for fertility patients to share their thoughts. If you would like to take part, it is online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PG7XHXM