Further Developments over the Health Funding Formula
September 12, 2013
Julian recently met with Health Minister Dan Poulter to press for better health funding for his constituents.
Julian was joined by fellow York and North Yorkshire MPs, to discuss the comparatively poor level of health funding our area receives as a result of a specific disparities in the formula.
“I am pleased that the Minister was sympathetic to our cause and agrees that the current funding formula needs to be changed. Despite a wide ranging and courageous set of reforms from the Government, residents in our area are still disadvantaged by the current formula. It fails to take account of our aging population, the rural nature of the region, and the impact this has on the cost of delivering services throughout York and North Yorkshire.
“As NHS England moves towards to a final decision on changes to the funding formula we have got to push and make sure more weight is given to age and rurality when determining the cost of providing healthcare services. We have all got to come together to influence this consultation and stress the impact this has had over a number of years through different healthcare structures.”
Julian is due to attend a meeting with the Head of NHS England, Malcolm Grant, to discuss the issue in more detail. He will also be raising the matter with the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and will continue to stress the case for a better deal for health funding for the people of York and North Yorkshire.