Care providers in Keighley area funding ‘boost’

Frontline healthcare providers in the district have been given a cash boost.

Latest budgets from NHS England include an adjustment to reflect health inequalities and areas of deprivation. The new budgets directly affect the district’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups – including Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG – as the organisations responsible for designing, buying and contracting healthcare services.

Under new guidelines adopted by NHS England, all CCGs will receive a minimum 2.14 per cent increase in funding in 2014-15, and a reduced increase of 1.7 per cent in 2015-16.

And a ten per cent adjustment in the formula used to allocate funding – designed to reflect areas of health inequalities and deprivation – appear to benefit the district as a whole.

A spokesman for the three CCGs in the Bradford district said: “We are undertaking an assessment of the impact the funding allocations from NHS England will have on our respective strategies, and remain committed to continuing to commission high quality services that meet the needs of local people.”

Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG received £183.7 million in 2013-14, working out at £1,173 per patient. This will increase to £187.7 million in 2014-15, £1,189 per head, and £190.9 million in 2015-16, or £1,201 per patient. “Bradford’s primary healthcare has been historically underfunded, and the original funding formulas placed essential services at risk,” said Bradford Council leader, Councillor David Green.

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