PERFORMANCE: Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group will increase the number of cycles of IVF offered to 23-39 year old women from one to three – bringing its policy into line with national guidelines.

Governing body members decided at their January meeting to extend the provision at a cost of £250,000 a year.

Warrington CCG surveyed 10 other CCGs in Merseyside and Cheshire and found that eight of them follow National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. Liverpool CCG funds a third cycle only in exceptional circumstances, while a decision by St Helen’s CCG is imminent.

Warrington CCG’s associate director of health services commissioning, Linda Bennett, said: “The additional cost is expected to be £250,000 per annum, however the costs are anticipated to be higher in the early years whilst the revised criteria is embedded.”