The Independent London Newspaper
24th May 2017

HEALTH: Borough’s NHS funding slashed

    Published: 31 October, 2013
    by TOM FOOT

    A MAJOR redistribution of National Health Service funding is set to remove almost a quarter of Camden’s total budget from next April.

    NHS England is proposing an end to a system of ploughing funds into areas of high deprivation to combat “health inequalities” and instead target areas with a high proportion of elderly people.

    The strategic change is expected to have a devastating impact on Camden, which will lose £75million from its £425million budget next year.

    The second hardest hit health authority in the country, Camden’s Clinical Commissioning Group will receive £293 less per person per year compared with a London average drop of £25 per person.

    The figures, available on NHS England’s website, were uncovered by the Royal College of Nurses.

    RCN London Regional Director Bernell Bussue said: “London has some of the sharpest health inequalities in the world, with life expectancy varying by as much as 17 years.

    “It cannot be right to make changes to health funding that would see money diverted away from the very people who need it most.

    “This change to CCG funding allocations would exacerbate the very health inequalities which the NHS should be trying to address. Some of the poorest boroughs in London would be hit hardest by these unfair and unacceptable proposals.”

    In the shake-up, NHS Ealing, Redbridge and Enfield are the biggest winners from the new “fair shares formula”, gaining up to £20million more each year under the new system. Nationally, the changes do not represent a cut, but London will lose 10 per cent of its total funding.

    A CCG spokeswoman said: “NHS Camden CCG has been made aware of the proposed changes in the funding allocations across the NHS.

    “We are looking at the potential implications of this on NHS Camden CCG but no decisions have, or will be made, until we receive clear information on our allocation.

    “NHS England are currently consulting with CCGs and we will be responding to any consultation. Our commitment is to maintain the quality of services for local people.”


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