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New NHS funding formula ‘will harm poorest parts of the country’

16th October 2013

A new study has raised concerns that the proposed new NHS funding formula will benefit the more affluent southern parts of England at the expensive of the poorer north.

Professor Clare Bambra and Dr Alison Copeland from Durham University have stated that the funding plans, which are currently open to consultation, will punish areas like Sunderland and deprived parts of London, while benefiting wealthy regions such as south-east Hampshire.

The current NHS allocation formula incorporates a health inequality weighting measure to ensure that poorer parts of the country receive more funding, but the government wishes to change this to ensure that regions with ageing populations are prioritised more.

However, since this could inadvertently lead to places with higher life expectancies being favoured, it could result in the north-south health divide being widened.

The authors said: "Although these changes are not on the scale that a purely age-only allocation formula would produce, they are still sufficient to undermine the principle of equal opportunity of access for equal need."

This would run contrary to the government's stated aim of ending the "postcode lottery", with people receiving variable care quality depending on where they are born.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801650281-ADNFCR

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