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Commissioning board looks for funding formula that will reduce health inequalities

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8615 (Published 19 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8615
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The NHS Commissioning Board has rejected the use of a new funding formula for allocating health service funding in England for 2013-14, owing to fears that it may be “inconsistent” with its aim of reducing health inequalities.

The formula, recommended by the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA), would radically alter the current funding system by using age rather than income of local general practice populations as the primary determinant for NHS spending.

In a statement published alongside its planning guidance for 2013-14,1 the board said that it had opted not to bring in the formula for 2013-14 and would instead give each clinical commissioning group a 2.3% uplift under the current formula, to offer the new organisations “stability in their first year.”

The board said that …

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