Children’s hospitals

The Department of Health has proposed reducing the top-up fund paid to specialist paediatric centres by two-thirds. At the moment, centres that provide specialist children’s services receive 78% more money than the standard rate paid to other hospitals carrying out the same procedure, but a leaked memo proposes reducing this to 25%. This would mean a loss of more than £70m for specialist children’s hospitals in England, including Great Ormond Street, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.


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