Spina Bifida: Surgery

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2019 to Question 217544 on Spina Bifida: Surgery, what estimate he has made of the average cost of pain relief that will be administered an unborn baby prior to undergoing that fetal surgery.

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

The tariff that has been developed for spina bifida fetal surgery includes an estimate of around £800 for fetal drugs which includes drugs for pain relief. However, the actual cost will vary on a case by case basis dependent on the clinical circumstances.

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