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York MP Urges Government to Review Discrepancy In Health Funding

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7:57am 12th June 2013

People in York, Easingwold and Pocklington are paying two hundred pounds more into the NHS than they get back.

That's according to York Central's MP, Hugh Bayley who got Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to admit he's worried the money that is shared out doesn't take into account the number of elderly or how rural a place is.

The York Central MP raised with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, his concerns that patients served by the new Vale of York Care Commissioning Group are receiving less funding than people in other parts of North Yorkshire.  Patients in Ryedale and Scarborough, for example, he says, are receiving 17.5% more money - £1,234 per person on average, compared to £1,050 per person in York – even though their hospital and community health services are provided by the same NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Bayley reports that the Health Secretary admitted that funding allocations, as recommended by ACRA, the independent Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, taking into account relative needs, inequality alleviation and health improvement, has left glaring anomalies in funding, including in his own constituency of South West Surrey.  He said that the Government is conducting an independent review into the funding situation.

Hugh Bayley says that the cash allocation per person for 2013-14 to the five new NHS Care Commissioning Groups for North Yorkshire and York is as follows:

 

Care Commissioning Group

Allocation per person for 2013-14 (£)

Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven

£1,172

Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby

£1,195

Harrogate and Rural District

£1,086

Scarborough and Ryedale

£1,234

Vale of York

£1,050

 

Hugh Bayley says: “Patients in North Yorkshire and York have always received less funding per head than patients from other parts of Yorkshire and the Humber (£1,477 in the last  financial year (2012-13), compared to £1,843 in Doncaster and £1,552 in Leeds, for example), but at least all North Yorkshire and York patients were treated equally.  It is not acceptable for the Government to give NHS patients from other parts of North Yorkshire more money and access to a wider range of treatments than patients in York.  It makes the postcode lottery in care even worse. We need a national health service, in which all NHS patients have access to the same range of treatments.”

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