Occupational Health

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross representing the House of Commons Commission, what funding was allocated to the well-being budget for staff of the House in each year for which data are available.

Photo of John Thurso John Thurso Chair, Finance and Services Committee, Chair, Finance and Services Committee

There is no specific well-being budget for staff of the House: support for well-being is in the form of the staff welfare service and medical services. The annual cost of the welfare function for House of Commons staff is £65,000 representing the salary costs of the welfare officers. The annual cost to the House of the medical services is £199,800. This cost includes the annual contract with St Thomas’ hospital to provide occupational health services, plus the salaries of the nurses who are employed by the House. These services are used by both Members and staff and it is not possible to disaggregate costs between these two groups.

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