Childbirth

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average cost to the NHS was of a (a) multiple birth, and (b) singleton birth in 2017.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Maternity delivery episodes are not costed by multiple or singleton birth. They are costed in three categories: normal delivery, assisted delivery and planned or emergency caesarean.

The most recent statistics available relate to financial year of 2016-17. The following table shows the average cost of each delivery episode and the total cost of each category for 2016-17.

Total

Activity

Average cost per delivery episode (£)

Total cost (£ million)

Normal delivery episodes

380,010

2,288

869.34

Assisted delivery episodes

81,597

3,367

274.70

Caesarean episodes

172,794

4,248

734.00

Total delivery episodes

634,401

2,960

1,878.05

Source: https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/reference-costs

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