MPs voice their fears over health funding

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South Yorkshire Labour MPs have voiced concerns for health funding, despite announcements last week which they said were ‘better than expected’.

NHS England has announced funding allocations for Clinical Commissioning Groups, which pay for two- thirds of NHS services – for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Next year, funding for Barnsley and Rotherham CCGs will increase by two per cent, which means it will remain flat in real terms. Other areas of the country will see an increase.

MPs John Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, and Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher, feared big cuts of tens of millions of pounds after the Government changed the allocation formula to favour areas with a high population of elderly.

Mr Healey, former shadow health secretary, said: “The news isn’t as bad as we feared for the next two years but I am worried for the medium and long-term.

“Our campaign to improve funding up to 2016 has paid off but we will continue to press ministers about their changes which will disadvantage South Yorkshire.”

Mr Dugher added: “Our area is still set to see a real terms cut.”