Mr Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health, told the House of Commons on Tuesday
“Following a very constructive meeting with the specialist children's hospitals on Friday 3 December, I am pleased to be able to tell the House that we are working on a proposal to set the top-up payment for specialised services for children at 60%, over and above tariff prices. In addition, I intend to help the trusts by extending the number of procedures that will attract the top-up payment in 2011-12. I believe that the children's hospitals will find that entirely acceptable.”
A spokesman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said
"We have had very constructive discussions as a Children's Health Alliance with the Department of Health. We're very encouraged indeed by the recent statement, and are just waiting for the technical details to be finalised."
Update - 18 January 2011
A spokesman for Great Ormond Street Hospital said:
"At the end of last year we had very constructive discussions as a Children's Health Alliance with the Department of Health.
"We are currently still evaluating the full impact of the changes in the operating framework, and road testing the tariff."
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