Funding allocations for patients across England are far from fair, says MPs’ report

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 12 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h122
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The money allocated to doctor led commissioners of NHS services varies widely across England, undermining the government’s policy to achieve equal access for equal need, MPs have concluded.

Primary care has also suffered unfairly, they said, as its share of national funding has fallen from 29% to 23% over 10 years despite its recognised importance in tackling health inequalities.

On 9 January MPs on the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee published their report, Funding Healthcare: Making Allocations to Local Areas,1 in which they warned that funding allocations across England were far from fair. The report said that, for 2014-15, the Department of Health and NHS England had allocated a total of £79bn (€100bn; $120bn) to local healthcare commissioners (equivalent to £1400 a person) through three channels:

  • £64.3bn to 211 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for hospital, community, and mental health …

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