Health: Coventry

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th September 2022.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) financial and (b) other steps his Department is taking to help tackle health inequalities in (i) Coventry North East constituency and (ii) Coventry.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Through NHS England, allocations to National Health Service integrated care boards (ICBs), including Coventry and Warwickshire ICB, are adjusted for health inequalities and unmet need in the weighted capitation formula, which was recently reviewed by the independent Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation. ICB allocations were published in April 2022 and are available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/allocation-of-resources-2022-23/

In 2022/23, Coventry City Council will receive over £23.2 million from the Public Health Grant. In using the Grant, local authorities must have regard to the need to reduce health inequalities.

While there are no specific projects in Coventry North East constituency and Coventry, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities’ West Midlands regional office has provided support to Coventry City Council on programmes which contribute to the reduction of health inequalities. This includes providing evidence and intelligence and sharing best practice to inform initiatives to tackle infant mortality, homelessness, migrant health issues and access to housing, as well as initiatives to improve access to services for vulnerable and hard to reach groups.

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