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8:27am 18th January 2013

Figures published yesterday by the Department of Health, in answer to a Parliamentary Question from Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central, show that patients served by the new Vale of York Care Commissioning Group, will receive less funding than people in other parts of North Yorkshire. 

Hugh Bayley says patients in Ryedale and Scarborough, for example, will receive 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.


The cash allocation per person, he adds from April 2013 to the five new NHS Care Commissioning Groups for North Yorkshire and York will be as follows:


Care Commissioning Group

Allocation per person for 2013-14 (£)

Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven


Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby


Harrogate and Rural District


Scarborough and Ryedale


Vale of York



MP Hugh Bayley says patients in North Yorkshire and York PCT have always received less funding per head than patients from other parts of Yorkshire and the Humber (£1,477 in the current (2012-13) financial year, 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.  He adds that now there will be gainers and losers in North Yorkshire and York, and patients from York and the Vale of York will do particularly badly.


Hugh Bayley MP called for action to tackle the postcode lottery in his National Health Service (Right to Treatment) Bill which he presented to Parliament a year ago.  He is now calling on the Government to bring forward proposals of its own to protect patients in low funded areas like York.


Hugh Bayley MP, who worked as a health economist at York University before he was elected to Parliament, says:


“It is not fair or 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 from my city.  It is, after all, a national health service, and all patients should have access to the same range of treatments.


“The Government has abandoned the long established NHS funding formula to determine how much money each of the new Care Commissioning Groups will receive.  All patients in North Yorkshire should continue to get the same funding, as we currently do from the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust.


“The Conservatives and Lib Dems promised to protect funding for the National Health Service.  They should keep their promise and reverse this NHS funding cut for the Vale of York.”

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