Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th April 2018.

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Photo of Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce Labour, Erith and Thamesmead

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department has made an assessment of the potential effect of the proposed NHS pay increases on voluntary sector hospices.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The proposed Agenda for Change pay framework, which includes contract reform and pay awards over three years, is currently out to consultation with the National Health Service trades unions and the outcome will be known in June.

We are considering carefully the impact of the agreement on non-NHS organisations such as hospices who may be affected by the proposed deal however no decisions have been made.

Staff in hospices do a fantastic job in delivering world-class care and the Department remains fully committed to improving palliative and end of life care.

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