Healthcare spending falls for Sheffield patients as population grows

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Healthcare spending on individual patients in Sheffield has fallen slightly due to an increase in the city’s population.

Figures released by the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group showed the average spend per person in the city was £1,203 last year.

This was slightly down from £1,211 per person in 2013/14.

The CCG’s annual report said the change was due to funding increases not keeping pace with changes in population.

It said: “The average has reduced slightly because our population has increased by around 23,000 or four per cent and our funding has not increased at this same rate.”

The report showed that the CCG’s commissioning budget increased from £688m in 2013/14 to £710m in 2014/15.

It added that the overall health of people in the city is improving, with people living longer.

But it said ‘significant inequalities remain’ with areas of concern including infant mortality rates, unhealthy lifestyles, dementia and poor mental health.

The report said: “There are also large inequalities in life expectancy.

“For males, the gap between the lowest and highest life expectancy is 8.6 years, whereas for females the gap is 8.2 years.

“These gaps in life expectancy have not remained static.

“Whilst inequality in life expectancy has decreased for males, it has increased for females.

“Health represents a complex set of conditions that are inherently linked to social and economic conditions, with different parts of the city and different communities experiencing a variety of root causes.”

The report is due to be presented at the CCG’s annual meeting later this week.