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Local death rates should be used to calculate public health funding

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 19 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4259
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Funds for public health should be allocated to local authorities on the basis of a measure of local death rates, according to interim proposals drawn up for the government.1 A report for the Department of Health says resources should be calculated using the standardised mortality ratio (SMR) for people aged under 75 years.

Under a weighting system, the 10th of areas with the highest number of deaths in people under 75 would receive three times more funding per head than the 10th with the lowest number of deaths.

The interim proposals were drawn up for the government by the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, which includes doctors, NHS managers, and academics.

They have the …

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