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Maternity Services: Finance

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on which date the £330 million announced in January 2008 for maternity services was given to primary care trusts; (257069)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect on maternity services of the £330 million of extra funding announced in January 2008.

The £330 million announced for Maternity Matters covers three years, 2008-09 to 2010-11. This additional funding is included within the 2008-09 to 2010-11 primary care trust (PCT) revenue allocations. PCTs were informed of their revenue allocations for 2008-09 in December 2007. The 2009-10 and 2010-11 revenue allocations were announced on 8 December 2008. Revenue allocations for the year are made available to PCTs at the start of the financial year. We are in the first year of this additional funding and it is too early to assess the actual impact. However, through the national tariff money automatically flows to trusts when they do more maternity activity. In addition, the price itself for maternity services for 2008-09 has been uplifted by 10 per cent. compared to 2007-08, so even if there were no increase in activity, trusts would be getting 10 per cent. more. This equates to well over £100 million over the current year and means that we know PCTs are passing on to trusts much more that the first year share of the £330 million.