The following is an extract from questions to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 28 January 2020.
In October last year, the Government confirmed that the local authority public health grant will increase by 1% in real terms in 2020-21. However, this funding has not yet been allocated to local authorities. How will the Government financially support local authorities to establish the routine commissioning of PrEP by April?
As I said, NHS England and NHS Improvement have already agreed, within the ring-fenced funding for public health, to fund the ongoing costs of drugs for PrEP going forward. There will be an additional allocation of funds to cover the PrEP roll-out completely.
[Official Report, 28 January 2020, Vol. 670, c. 658.]
Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the hon. Member for Bury St Edmunds (Jo Churchill):
An error has been identified in the response I gave to the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson).
The correct response should have been:
As I said, NHS England and NHS Improvement have already agreed, within the ring-fenced funding for public health, to fund the ongoing costs of drugs for PrEP going forward. We will provide information on how other elements of the programme will be funded and how commissioners will be supported shortly.