15. May 2012 12:23
CCG funding will be based more strongly on population age, with a reduced focus on economic deprivation, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said.
This will shift more funding to localities such as Eastbourne that have a high population of relatively wealthy elderly people.
The decision reflects the fact that economic deprivation is more a concern of “public health”, now the responsibility of local government, Lansley said.
Speaking at a conference for CCG leaders, Lansley explained that the NHS Commissioning Board and the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation would shift funding towards “elderly populations who are not in substantial deprivation”.
The current weighted capitation formula that determines allocation of funding to PCTS is based primarily on population age, but also takes into account population health status and socioeconomic characteristics.
Lansley commented: “The way in which the formula for distribution of resources to PCTs has worked in the past, there was a significant element that was based around deprivation” – which was “more relevant to very particular aspects of certain kinds of health need and in particular public health requirements”.
The division of primary care funding from April 2013 between local authorities (responsible for public health) and CCGs (responsible for commissioning services) meant the former was no longer the concern of CCGs, he said.