‘North-South divide over NHS money’ claims MP

Grahame Morris MP
Grahame Morris MP

EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris says plans to change the way health money is allocated will see NHS cash shift from the north to the south.

New research from Durham University, published in the British Medical Journal, claims the North East could lose almost £700m in NHS funding, or £265 per person, if the plans go ahead.

In a speech to NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in London in April, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley suggested that the NHS should make the age of the population and not the level of deprivation the principal area for specifying funding.

Now research carried out by Clare Bambra, professor of public health policy at Durham University, suggests that the North-East would see cuts of over £691m in funding if this approach was applied, while areas of the South and South-East would see massive increases in their funding.

Mr Morris, a member of the House of Commons’ Health Select Committee, said: “Put simply, Andrew Lansley wants to take money from the poorest areas suffering the highest incidences of ill-health and premature death in the north to give it to the leafy suburbs in the south where life expectancy is far higher.”