Demographic Changes

Health written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of demographic changes on the NHS.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

Demographic changes are only one of many pressures faced by the national health service. The Department formally assesses the impact of all pressures, including demographic pressures, and offsetting efficiencies as part of spending review negotiations with HM Treasury. The most recent assessment in 2013 informed the settlement for 2015-16, where again NHS funding will be protected.

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