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Letters NHS resource allocation

Poor areas lose out most in new NHS budget allocation

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 15 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g160
  1. Ben Barr, senior clinical lecturer in applied public health1,
  2. David Taylor-Robinson, Medical Research Council population health scientist1
  1. 1Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GB, UK
  1. benbarr{at}

As reported in the BMJ, NHS England has included a “deprivation indicator” in the new resource allocation formula for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).1 This follows concerns about an earlier proposed version of the formula, which would have shifted resources from poor areas with the worst health to more affluent areas with better health.2 We used data provided …

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