NHS set to lose out by £5m after Government changes
at the care services overview and scrutiny committee on 14
January 2003 were told that Wandsworth
Primary Care Trust would receive only the national minimum
funding increase over the next three years.
problem has been caused by a new needs formula used for the
first time by the Department of Health. This suggests Wandsworth
is receiving 15 percent more resources than implied by its
level of need. Under the current system the PCT's allocation
actually falls below its published level of need (by 2.42
percent). The new interpretation results in the PCT in getting
less money than it should for future years.
leader Edward Lister says ministers have not played fair by
have imposed a new system without consultation and without
explanation. As a direct result the local NHS will get £5
million less over the next three years than it was expecting.
council has spent many years campaigning for more accountability
in health funding and a better deal for Wandsworth residents.
Once again local people have been shortchanged. The Government
has systematically understated the true level of need in an
inner city borough like Wandsworth. This has a direct impact
on the amount of money we get for health care."
secretary Alan Milburn (pictured left) will be asked to justify
a £5 million cut in NHS funding for the borough. Cllr
will be calling on Alan Milburn to open up the books and show
how his officials have arrived at these new calculations of
need. Without the information it is difficult to challenge
the figures. The whole South West London health authority
area loses under the new system. The formula combines health
factors with social needs based on income, education and housing.
suffers because deprivation is spread across the borough rather
than being concentrated in any one area. The new calculation
gives a higher weighting where need is focused in small, localised
change fails to reflect the large number of people in Wandsworth
receiving state benefits - a significant indicator of need.
The borough has the 56th highest level of claimants in the
traditionally high level of mental health need in the borough
has also been downgraded under the new system. The primary
care trust has also been penalised for managing its waiting
lists more effectively than others. A £200 million pot
of extra funding has been steered solely to those who had
new funding regime covers the three years from April 2003
to March 2006. Councillors agreed to refer their concerns
directly to the Secretary of State.
15 January 2003