To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the increased energy costs facing dialysis patients and other patients using medical equipment at home.
18 May 2022
No recent assessment has been made. NHS England’s service specification on adult home dialysis that the additional direct utility costs for home dialysis for adults will be reimbursed to the patient through the payment of the national tariff to the patient’s usual dialysis provider. For paediatric home haemodialysis, there is currently no national tariff and as such, it is at the discretion of individual providers as to whether additional direct utility costs for patients are reimbursed.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy monitors the energy market in the United Kingdom to ensure it meets the need of all consumers, including those using medical equipment at home.