The impact of NHS resource allocation policy on health inequalities in England 2001-11: longitudinal ecological studyBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3231 (Published 27 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3231
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The findings of the study did not reflect a significant fall in either absolute or relative health inequality in England for over a decade, which may indicate the policy’s inability to adequately manage the problem.
Furthermore, the limitations presented may have completely undermined the results. For example lifestyle/behavior changes instead of improved allocations and treatments that might have led to the cause of a reduction in inequalities was a pretty strong limitation that was reported. As the authors mentioned this could have been impacted by other policies that were in place to address the specific issue.
Policies designed to address health inequality such as the NHS Resource Allocation Policy introduced in 1999, which only allow relative inequality to remain constant for over a decade needs to be reviewed, strengthened or completely terminated. Health inequality is a complex issue that has been marginally dealt with in England for decades and as such the need for expediency guided by the best available research evidence, which is strong enough to drive policy change, is highly necessary.
Barr, B., Bambra, C., Whitehead, M., & Duncan, W.H. (2014). The impact of NHS resource
allocation policy on health inequalities in England 2001- 11: longitudinal ecological study. British Medical Journal 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3231
Department of Health (2000). The NHS plan: a plan for investment : a plan for reform.
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