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Health Services: Rural Areas

Health written question – answered on 22nd July 2010.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Oral Statement of 12 July 2010, Official Report, columns 661-63, on the NHS White Paper, if he will make additional funding available to (a) GP consortia and (b) local authorities in rural areas to reflect rural needs.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The NHS Commissioning Board will make national health service revenue allocations to general practitioner consortia for 2013-14 onwards on the basis of seeking to secure equivalent access to NHS services relative to burden of disease and disability. In addition, the Department will create a ring-fenced public health budget to be allocated to local authorities, the allocation formula for which will include a new 'health premium' designed to promote action to improve population-wide health and reduce health inequalities.

Details of the formulae to be used to allocate this funding will be provided in due course.

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