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Sunday 31st July 2011 | 00:01
A previously unpublished report reveals that the Tory-led Government is shifting NHS funding from poorer areas to better-off areas.
The document, produced by Public Health Manchester for the Health Select Committee and obtained by Labour’s Debbie Abrahams MP, assesses the long-term impact of the Tory-led Government’s decision to change the way in which money is allocated to Primary Care Trusts so that it gives less weighting to health inequalities.
Manchester will lose £41.7 million – a 4% cut
Tower Hamlets will lose £18.7 million – a 4.1% cut
Liverpool will lose £33.3 million – a 3.5% cut
County Durham will lose £26.1 million – a 2.6% cut
Surrey will gain £61.4 million – a 4.2% increase
Hampshire will gain £52 million – a 2.9% increase
Oxfordshire will gain £22.1 million – a 2.6% increase
Hertfordshire will gain £39.7 million – a 2.5% increase
John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“These shocking figures reveal that the Tories’ plans for the NHS will make inequality worse, not better. They are reducing funding to tackle poor health in the least healthy parts of the country, and shifting it to better off, healthier areas.
“Less well-off areas like Manchester, Liverpool and County Durham will be among the biggest losers – with cash transferred instead to Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Surrey.
"The Tory plans will hit services that help people stop smoking, promote healthy eating and exercise, and raise awareness about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases. They will make it harder to prevent the big killers like heart disease and cancer, and increase the costs of poor health for everyone in the long run."