NHS Trusts: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st November 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 October to Question 178506 on NHS Trusts: Standards, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of below inflation increases to the NHS tariff on NHS provider deficits since 2010-11, and if he will make a statement.

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

NHS Improvement publish a tariff uplift as part of its role as regulator; to use as the starting basis for which prices and contracts should be negotiated in the National Health Service. The construct includes a thorough assessment of pressures e.g. pay, drugs etc. and the scale of potential off-setting efficiencies. This process ensures a fair but challenging delivery requirement for the NHS. The calculation enabled sufficient funding for the majority of organisations to end 2017-18 in surplus. As part of the Long Term Plan, the tariff mechanism is being reviewed to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

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