Wakefield’s NHS budget spared £43m cut

Health bosses have decided against a controversial funding proposal which would have slashed £43m from the district’s NHS budget.

Executives at NHS England rejected a proposed changed in the way funding is allocated which would have cut Wakefield’s budget by 10.6 per cent next year.

NHS England opted for an alternative proposal which keeps pace with inflation at a meeting on Tuesday.

District MPs welcomed the decision after launching a campaign to protect funding for NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group.

Normanton MP Yvette Cooper said: “Losing £43m next year would have been devastating for our NHS and deeply unfair too.

“I’m pleased that NHS bosses have listened to me and to the hundreds of others from round here and across the country who made it clear that the proposals were unfair and could have serious consequences.”

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh said: “I’m glad NHS England has listened to our campaign and rejected government plans to cut health funding for areas like Wakefield.”

NHS England said a new funding formula for CCGs was based on more accurate detailed data.

CCGs would receive an increase in funding which matches inflation for the next two years, with the most underfunded areas and those with the fastest-growing populations getting more.

Paul Baumann, chief financial officer for NHS England, said: “We have an absolute duty to tackle health inequalities and to ensure equal access for equal need right across the country.

“That is why we conducted a year-long review of funding allocations taking on board many views and extensively engaging with local healthcare commissioners and partners.”

NHS England said it would publish details of funding allocations for each CCG by the end of this week.