NHS England has pledged to tackle ‘health inequalities’ around the country by increasing funding for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in some of the most deprived areas.
The newly-released funding allocations for 2019-20 show that some CCGs will see a 15% increase in cash next year if the draft allocation is approved.
The NHS is following new formulas and making adjustments to allocations to “take account of health inequalities and unmet need” and grant worse-off areas with a larger proportion of the money available.
The formulas consider deprivation and community care needs and will see the NHS apply a 15% adjustment within primary care and a 10% adjustment within CCG commissioned services.
Poorly performing CCGs are being proposed with a “more generous level of growth” in funding.
According to the draft allocations, Bradford CCG will benefit from the highest funding increase with a 15% boost (£22m) in cash.
Meanwhile, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Coventry and Rugby CCG will receive an additional £52m and £40m, respectively.
West London CCG will receive under 4% funding growth, representing the group with the lowest level of increase. This is because it is already ahead of its target allocation.
NHS England’s report said: “NHS England has a strong commitment and legal duty to have regard to the need to reduce health inequalities. Our approach to allocations supports this.
“Improving the way in which we target resources to address unmet need and health inequalities remains a high priority for further work on the development of our allocation formulae.”