Doctors fear that new CCG funding formula will downplay deprivation

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7175
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

A health minister has sought to allay fears that a proposed new formula for funding clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England will benefit the richer south at the north’s expense.

The minister, the peer Earl Howe, told the House of Lords on Wednesday 27 November, “The last thing we want to do is to take money away from areas where health outcomes are the worst.”

But his suggestion that the new formula, to be decided next month, would contain an “adjustment for deprivation” was not enough to satisfy a leading doctor critic of current policy. George Rae, who chairs the BMA’s North East Regional Council, told the BMJ, “Even if deprivation is included it’s still not clear it will be weighted sufficiently to offset the reform as it stands.”

The controversy concerns a major review of allocations to CCGs …

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