TORY FUNDING CHANGES WOULD MOVE HEALTH MONEY FROM NORTH TO SOUTH

Grahame MorrisNORTH EAST NHS COULD LOSE £265 PER PERSON UNDER LANSLEY'S FUNDING CHANGES

 

New research from Durham University, published in the BMJ tonight, claims that the NHS in the North East faces a loss of over £691m in funding if the government goes ahead with changes in the way it calculates how money is allocated.

 

In a speech to NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in London in April, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley suggested that the NHS bodies should lo ok to make the age of the population rather than deprivation of the community, the principal determinant of funding.

 

Now research carried out by Clare Bambra, Professor of public health policy at Durham University has suggested that the North East would see cuts of over £691m in funding if this approach was applied, whilst areas of the South and South East would see massive increases in their funding. The reduction in the region would be the equivalent of £265 loss for every person in the North East.

 

Commenting on the research, Grahame Morris MP, Labour MP for Easington and a member of the House of Common's Health Select Committee said:

 

"Andrew Lansley should come clean on his plans to move money from regions like the North East to more affluent parts of the country.

 

"This fundamental change is cynical and politically motivated and it is the single biggest attack on reducing health inequalities and bridging the North-South divide in health outcomes.

 

"This is nothing other than the political gerrymandering of resources as it will channel money directly into the Tory heartlands where there is the least need and where people already live the longest.

 

"Put simply, Andrew Lansley wants to take money from the poorest areas suffering the highest incidences of ill-health and premature death in the North to give it to the leafy suburbs in the South where life expectancy is far higher.

 

"Cuts in funding on this scale will seriously undermine the sustainability of our local NHS services and reverse progress in tackling long time health inequalities."

 

ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

 

1. The letter outlining the research from Prof Bambra http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3593

 

2. CCG funding could be based on population age, not deprivation, says Lansley BMJ report, 14 May 2012  http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3391

 

 

3. Prof Clare Bambra's letter and research on "age" only resource allocations by region. 

 

Click here to view full letter: http://press.psprings.co.uk/bmj/may/resources.doc

 

Click here to view table: http://press.psprings.co.uk/bmj/may/resourcestable.doc