New NHS funding plan ‘could cost city £72m’

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FUNDING changes to the NHS could see Sheffield lose out on £72 million, Labour MP Paul Blomfield has claimed.

Government plans to change the health funding formula according to age, rather than deprivation, could see the city lose £130 per person, the Sheffield Central MP said.

Mr Blomfield described the move as ‘cynical, politically motivated, unethical and immoral’.

He said: “Deprivation has a massive impact on the demand on our NHS and it is scandalous for the Government to consider no longer taking this into account.

“Hospitals and patients will struggle, while the money is channelled to areas where there is least need.”

The figures are based on a study by Clare Bambra, professor of public health policy at Durham University.

But the Department of Health questioned the accuracy of her calculations. A spokesman said: “There has never been any intention of allocating NHS resources according to age alone.

“We are making sure funding is given to areas that need it most. These measures will help ensure patients get the healthcare they deserve.”