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Halt the redistribution of health

31 July 2012

In a new blog for New Start magazine, VSNW Chief Executive Richard Caulfield has written about the impact of a proposed formula for future public health funding that could see funds from areas of deprivation shifting to wealthier areas with older populations: Halt the redistribution of health.

Richard states that 'The new formula, from the Advisory Council of Resource Allocation, does not have a heavy bias to deprivation and as a result will, if implemented in full, see the redistribution of public health spend away from areas of deprivation to wealthier areas. The most deprived authorities across the north west are set to lose around £8 per head in the proposals, leading to a net loss of £18m for the region.

 

Shift from regions

This change in spending is unlikely to see the government move forward with its aim of reducing health inequalities and will have implications for local economies and the wider health system as resources are redistributed from our most deprived areas to our most affluent." This redistribution could have a huge effect on communities and the VCS organisations that support them and the blog mentions a number of alternative options to avoid this potential negative effect.

Shift in funds from areas of poverty to areas of wealth (graph)

 

Should you wish to echo Richard’s concerns (or disagree), there’s a consultation on the funding formula that ends on 14 August.

Formally this consultation is on public health funding but the formula may, as Richard states, be used to inform CCG funding too. It would be difficult to justify two highly disparate health funding formulas.

According to page 18 of the consultation document, ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy
People: Update on Public Health Funding’, feedback should be sent by 14th August to: publichealthfinanceupdateengagement@dh.gsi.gov.uk.

The full consultation document is here: ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Update on Public Health Funding’. There are no formal consultation questions.

Pages 24 and 25 of the consultation document list the types of services covered by public health funding.

 

Link
New Start magazine blog - Halt the redistribution of health

Featured News

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Survey launched: Is the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to commissioning VCSE organisations?

 We have been told that VCSE organisations find the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to having their services commissioned by the NHS.  Consequently NHS chief, Simon Stevens, committed to exploring a shorter version of the NHS Standard Contract for low-value contracts, in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

Regional Voices, working with NHS England, is carrying out this survey to help understand specific issues which organisations have experienced in using the NHS Standard Contract. We expect the survey to take no more than 15 minutes. The survey will close at 10am on 27 July.

Take the survey about the NHS Standard Contract for VCSE organisations.

More information about VCSE commissioning issues in health and wellbeing and the background to this work on the Standard Contract.

NHS England will undertake its annual, wider, consultation in preparation for the 2016/17 Contract later this year, which VCSE organisations will also be invited to participate in.

If you have any queries about this survey, or would like any support filling it in, contact Emma Baylin or Yoshiko Stokoe on 0113 394 2300 or email emma.baylin@involveyorkshirehumber.org.ukwww.regionalvoices.org/NHSStandardContract

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Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk