Patients in North East Essex will no longer be able to get IVF treatment, vasectomies or female sterilisation on the NHS.
The local Clinical Commissioning Group says it’s necessar as it tries to deal with a shrinking budget.
The Board, which includes local clinicians, have formally approved proposals to implement restrictions to IVF, Any Qualified Provider Spinal Services – network of private and NHS Providers, gluten free prescriptions, vasectomy, female sterilisation and its plans to implement thresholds for elective procedures (planned operations) as well as amendments to its Continuing Healthcare policy.
Their decision follows a period of engagement with the public during the summer in which the CCG obtained feedback on its proposals for service restrictions.
Acting Chief Officer at North East Essex CCG Sam Hepplewhite told Radio Essex: “None of us want to make these restrictions but we are having to do so in light of extremely challenging financial circumstances.
“The CCG needs to achieve a £14m reduction in spend each year for the next four years to meet its financial responsibilities and is about to start conducting further engagement with communities across north east Essex to find out their views on where additional savings could be achieved.”
She added: “I am very sorry that these proposals have been necessary. It is not the end of the matter we did give an undertaking that any implemented restrictions would be reviewed in 12 months. We promise we will do this and if we do come across any further considerations we will review the policies where necessary.