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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

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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