Lesbian couple sues NHS claiming they were refused IVF

Delays to their treatment, according to the couple, mean it is now ‘almost impossible’ for a Manchester couple to have a baby

Lesbian couple sues NHS claiming they were refused IVF
14 November 2013

A British lesbian couple is suing the National Health Service after claiming they were refused fertility treatment because of their sexuality.

The women, both 38 and in a civil partnership, are claiming they were told separately by a nurse and a doctor at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester that they were ineligible for IVF.

They claim it was because they are in a same-sex relationship.

Delays to their treatment, according to the couple, mean it is now ‘almost impossible’ for them to have a baby.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, one of the women – a child psychologist – said: ‘Both healthcare professionals explicitly stated that we would be denied treatment by the NHS because of our sexuality.

‘We feel a mixture of anger, sadness and frustration at what we’ve been through.’

Her partner, a student nurse, added: ‘I don’t feel I will be able to trust anyone in the healthcare profession again after this.’

Once the couple complained to the hospital, they claim they received an apology.

A spokeswoman for Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group said all couples can get IVF funding if they meet criteria set out in the ‘assisted conception policy’.

She added: ‘This applies the same criteria to same sex couples as it does to heterosexual couples.

‘We would be happy to discuss this matter with the couple in question if they wish to contact us directly.’

Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Trust said: ‘As this is an ongoing legal case we are unable to comment further at this time.’

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