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Neonatal Care

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds she has allocated for the training of nurses in neonatal care. (91712)

This information is not collected centrally. The Department allocated the vast majority of national health service central budgets to strategic health authorities (SHAs) as a single bundle of budgets. This includes £3.7 billion for work force programmes, such as training and education. It is for SHAs to decide, in consultation with other local stakeholders, how to deploy this funding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to include level three neonatal intensive care within the scope of payment by results. (90296)

There are currently no tariffs for neonatal intensive care. Critical care services for children are outside the scope of payment by results, and funding for the service continues to be locally negotiated between commissioners and providers. The range of services covered by payment by results is kept under review.