Sutton's health services could benefit from £12m extra funding
Health services in Sutton could receive £12m more next year following an overhaul of the NHS funding allocation system.
NHS England’s latest funding formula has shown Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to be underfunded annually by £12m.
As the money is redistributed in the 2014-15 financial year Sutton and Merton could receive up to £12m more each and Croydon could benefit from an additional £31m.
Wandsworth however could receive £45m less if fresh calculations override the current, 40-year-old, formula.
The leader of Sutton Council, Ruth Dombey, said: “My view is we should be thinking about preventative services.
“The reason the budget doesn’t work for hospitals across London is people don’t get decent out of hours services so they are turning up [at A&E] with minor injuries.
“So if the CCG invest in better services for people I welcome it.”
The new formula has not yet been approved and a final decision will be made in December.
CCGs were introduced to replace primary care trusts after the passing of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, following a comprehensive review of NHS England’s funding allocation policy.
The aim was to give GPs and other clinicians the power to influence commissioning decisions for their patients.
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