Campaigners will present a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for an end to the “postcode lottery” of NHS fertility treatment.

The Fertility Network is urging the Government to create a fairer system so that couples across the country can get equal access to IVF on the health service.

It said that infertility disease affects about one in six couples in the UK, yet many NHS services ration it unfairly. The Fertility Network is presenting its 102,000-strong #Scream4IVF petition to Mrs May at Downing Street today.

The charity and online magazine IVF babble launched the #Scream4IVF campaign, with partners Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness advertising agency, in September and within two months the online petition had gathered more than 100,000 signatures.

The Fertility Network’s chief executive, Aileen Feeney, said this showed the public support behind ending the postcode lottery.

She added: “Gathering 100,000 signatures, in such a short space of time, demonstrates the overwhelming public support to end the unethical and unfair IVF postcode lottery and create an equitable system for access to NHS fertility services in the UK.

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