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New NHS funding formula may severely disadvantage East Lancashire
ALMOST £30million could be lost to county NHS patients – and East Lancashire is threatened with shouldering the bulk of the cuts.
NHS England is currently reassessing how resources are allocated to clinical commissoning groups (CCGs), and is discussing whether age should be the deciding factor, instead of health inequalities.
This would mean £20million being sliced off East Lancashire CCG’s £473million projected budget, and around £2million being lost for Chorley and South Ribble.
Dr Sakthi Karuanithi, the county’s population healthcare director, is urging county councillors to lobby Whitehall over the anticipated losses.
He said in a health and wellbeing board report: “The new allocation formula proposed by the resources allocation group, now being reviewed by NHS England, would severely disadvantage poorer parts of the country.
“It would reduce NHS funding in parts of the country with the worst health outcomes by £30 per head, and increase the funding in areas with the best outcomes by the same amount.
“This is on top of the £200 per head that has been cut from local authority budgets in those same areas with the worst health outcomes.”
Ironically, the same funding formula would benefit Blackburn with Darwen CCG by an estimated £10.3million, and Blackpool’s by almost £4.8million.
Critics say that the proposals, like a number of other recent coalition spending plans, would disproportionately affect the north.
NHS England’s own figures show an overall loss of £750million for northern CCGs, and a £283million gain for their southern counterparts.
Dr Kauraunithi is also calling for the board to demand that future NHS allocations be considered alongside other local government cutback proposals.
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