Pregnancy: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 30th June 2020.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to introduce financial support to cover subsistence costs for parents with a baby receiving neonatal care during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak on parents of babies born needing neonatal care during the outbreak.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government recognises that these are challenging times for everyone, but that it is an especially stressful time for parents with babies in neonatal intensive care units.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, services have been working hard to support parents to care for their babies as much as possible while still ensuring that services are safe.

The Department has no plans to introduce a bespoke fund to cover subsistence costs for parents with a baby receiving neonatal care during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Government is providing funding for the charity Bliss to support families with babies that require neonatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the Government’s United Kingdom-wide £750 million package of support for the voluntary sector announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in April 2020.

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