Deprivation is restored to funding formula for commissioning groups

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7626
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

NHS England has announced funding rises for local healthcare commissioning groups under a new allocations formula, saying that it will be help them meet the needs of deprived communities.

Some southern regions will receive higher funding increases than other parts of the country, but poorer places in the north will not suffer the losses that some critics had forecast could happen under the allocations review.

Michael Marmot, director of University College London’s Institute of Health Equity, said, “It is good that NHS England has recognised this distribution of need and restored deprivation to the funding formula.”

He told the BMJ, “The main drivers of health inequalities are not lack of healthcare but the conditions in which people …

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