Health Services: Tower Hamlets

Health written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the operation of his Department's new funding formula for health services in Tower Hamlets.

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

On 14 June, the public health finance update document, “Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Update on Public Health Funding”, was published. A copy has already been placed in the Library.

This document sets out the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation's (ACRA) interim recommendations on the public health allocations formula, gives an update on the health premium, and sets out proposed conditions for the ring-fenced public health grant including proposals for local authority reporting on public health spend.

These are interim recommendations. As part of this publication, ACRA identified areas needing further work before making its final recommendations for the formula for making 2013-14 allocations.

The Department is now undertaking a focused engagement process with a full range of stakeholders including public health and local government representatives and the wider national health service community. This feedback will help the work to finalise ACRA's recommendations to support the 2013-14 allocations to local authorities.

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