3 Questions to Department of Health and Social Care tabled by Sir Gary Streeter
|4 Feb 2019, 5:23 p.m.||Hospices||Sir Gary Streeter|
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect on the operation of hospices of the increase in employer pension contributions.
Answer (Caroline Dinenage)
The Department has made no assessment of the impact the increase in the NHS Pension Scheme employer contribution rate will have on hospice operations. It is for hospices as individual employers to oversee how they operate within the available budget.
In addition to the long-term funding settlement for the National Health Service, HM Treasury committed to providing extra funding to meet the costs of to the NHS arising from the ongoing actuarial valuation of the NHS Pension Scheme. Work is ongoing to ensure the additional cost to participating employers is appropriately funded. Discussions are underway with NHS England and NHS Improvement to determine the optimum method for distributing this funding to NHS commissioners and service providers. Arrangements will be confirmed in due course.
|9 Jan 2019, 3 p.m.||Nurses||Sir Gary Streeter|
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has commissioned or undertaken external workforce modelling for nursing.
Answer (Stephen Hammond)
The Department works closely with Health Education England (HEE), the organisation that has responsibility for workforce planning, to understand the nursing workforce supply and demand by using analytical modelling techniques. In developing their workforce plans, HEE engages with a range of stakeholders including professional bodies and sustainability and transformation partnership.
|24 Oct 2017, 10:36 a.m.||Junior Doctors: Training||Sir Gary Streeter|
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of a junior doctor's training.
Answer (Philip Dunne)
The Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent estimates within their report ‘Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2016’, published December 2016, that the average cost in 2015/16 of training a junior doctor up to specialty registrar is £383,563. This figure is the total cost of training including costs to the public purse and the individual.