County that pioneered IVF 40 years ago becomes the latest to scrap the fertility treatment for free on the NHS

The county that pioneered IVF 40 years ago has become the latest victim of the clampdown on fertility treatment offered freely on the NHS.

Health chiefs in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area have stopped giving infertile women the service with immediate effect.

The decision, which has attracted huge backlash, is expected to save the clinical commissioning group (CCG) £700,000.

It follows similar controversial decisions made by cash-strapped boards in Croydon and a part of Essex as they react to NHS budget cuts.

Some exceptions will apply to the new plans. Cancer patients who have been left infertile by treatment will still be given free access.

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