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Maternity Units

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether payment by results applies to midwife-led maternity units. (75990)

The tariff applies to midwife-led maternity units, to the extent that they are providing services within scope of payment by results. For example, deliveries in hospitals and maternity units are within scope of payment by results and the tariff would therefore apply for deliveries in a midwife-led unit. Home deliveries are excluded from the scope of payment by results and tariff would therefore not need to apply for a home birth managed by a midwife-led maternity unit.