NHS care funding postcode lottery revealed

Dramatic variations in the number of people around the country receiving full continuing care funding have been revealed.

Which? analysis of the latest 2017-18 figures shows that Salford had the most local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) funded patients at 220.38 per 50,000 compared with just 8.78 in South Reading.

Most CCG funded patients per 50,000 Least CCG funded patients per 50,000
Salford 220.38 South Reading 8.78
Thurrock 146.49 North and West Reading 18.45
Wolverhampton 141.19 Wokingham 18.78
Sutton 131.96 Newbury and District 19.33
Sunderland 120.29 Luton 20.49

 

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Which? said that while the Department of Health insisted there were no quotas or caps on access to CCG funding, NHS England’s efficiency plan included asking CCGs to make £855m savings on CHC and NHS funded nursing care by 2020-21, despite a 45% predicted five-year growth in costs.

The consumer group said there were huge differences in waiting times for funding decisions. Only 2% of people in North Lincolnshire had a decision within the recommended 28 days, compared with 100% in Ashford.

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