National Audit Office criticises uneven funding allocation to CCGs

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 11 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5605
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The Department of Health and NHS England have been criticised for not fairly allocating funding to clinical commissioning groups, after a National Audit Office report found that 19 of the 20 groups in the tightest financial positions received less than their fair share of resources.

Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, branded the findings “outrageous” and said it was frustrating that funding decisions were based on judgments rather than on hard evidence.

The report, Funding Healthcare: Making Allocations to Local Areas,1 found wide variation in the extent to which funding received by local commissioners differed from their target allocations, which were based on relative need. For 2014-15 a total of £79bn (€98bn; $127bn) has been allocated to local …

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