Multiple Births

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th July 2016.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Conservative, Aldershot

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS Improvement has to identify the cost of delivering good care in a multiple pregnancy; and whether that body intends to update the maternity tariff to reflect that cost.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

In the maternity pathway payment system, a multiple pregnancy would automatically lead to a higher tariff at all points of the pathway.

NHS Improvement are currently working with the sector with a view to developing the policies to be included in the statutory consultation for the 2017/18 national tariff, including the maternity pathway system. NHS Improvement plans to publish the statutory consultation in the autumn.

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