Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. This is cruel and unethical, and a national disgrace for the country that pioneered IVF.Susan Seenan, co-chair of Fertility Fairness And only four out of 209 areas offer all recommended fertility treatments, which include allowing all viable frozen embryos to be implanted, and allowing IVF even if one partner already has a child from a previous relationship. There is also a stark difference between the north and the south. Of the 35 CCGs which offer three NHS-funded IVF cycles, 80 per cent are in northern England. Susan Seenan, co-chair of Fertility Fairness said: “Just four out of England’s 209 CCGs follow national guidance on access to NHS fertility treatment fully, the remaining 98 per cent of CCGs do not.“This is cruel and unethical, and a national disgrace for the country that pioneered IVF.“Infertility is a disease and women and men who cannot become parents without medical help are as deserving of healthcare as people with other medical conditions.” ‘Fertility Fairness is calling for full implementation of the NICE guideline, standardisation of eligibility criteria across England and the development of a national tariff in England for tertiary fertility services.” Other eligibility criteria which are being used to screen out IVF patients include smoking status and body mass index (BMI)Nicola Blackwood, Minister for Public Health, said: ‘ “I am very disappointed to learn that access to IVF treatment on the NHS has been reduced in some places and it is unacceptable that some clinical commissioning groups have stopped commissioning it completely.“Fertility problems can have a serious and lasting impact on those affected. It is important that the NHS provide access to fertility services for those who need clinical help to start a family.“I would strongly encourage all CCGs to implement the NICE fertility guidelines in full, as many CCGs have successfully done.”The charity also found that the some CCGs are paying far more for IVF treatments which is affecting how many cycles can be offered. Treatment costs across the country range from £2,098 in the north to £6,500 in the south.Fertility Fairness said that a national tariff should be implemented to help all CCGs meet the costs of treatment.Sarah Norcross, co- chair of Fertility Fairness, added: ‘The IVF postcode lottery is being exacerbated by CCGs not making evidence-based commissioning decisions and routinely ignoring the guidance from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) The report found that the four CCGs which still offer full fertility funding are all in Greater Manchester, where the first test-tube baby Louise Brown was born in 1978.Essex is the worst place to live with three of the four worst CCGs. Mid Essex, NorthEast Essex and Basildon and Brentwood have cut all NHS fertility treatment;South Norfolk has also decommissioned its NHS fertility services. The number of CCGs offering three NHS funded IVF cycles has dropped to 16 per cent, from 24 per cent in 2013, the lowest since Nice guidelines were adopted in 2004.More than one in ten CCGs are also currently consulting on reducing or decommissioning NHS fertility treatment.Only ten per cent of CCGs enable access to couples with children from a previous relationship while nine per cent of CCGs deny treatment to women over the age of 35 in contravention of national guidelines. Some 16 per cent of CCGs stipulate couples should have been trying to conceive for three years before treatment can be offered, and if a women suffers a miscarriage during this period, the ‘waiting time’ clock is set back to zero. The NHS is supposed to offer three cycles of IVG but only 16 per cent of providers do Fertility services in Britain were today branded a ‘national disgrace’ after new figures showed just two per cent of NHS areas are following recommended treatment guidelines, the lowest level ever.Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said it was unacceptable that clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) had reduced funding for childless men and women, whose only chance of having a family is through IVF. Charities said the cuts were ‘cruel and unethical.’In some cases, such as Essex, all fertility treatment has been stopped, meaning private care costing thousands of pounds is the only option, the latest report from the charity Fertility Fairness showed.Just 16 per cent of CCGs now offer three rounds of IVF, which is recommended under guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), the lowest it has been since the guidance was introduced in 2004.