Health services could benefit from £31m extra funding
Health services in Croydon could benefit from an additional £31m in funding from next year.
NHS England are currently reviewing the funding formula used to allocate money to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across London.
Figures in a working paper currently being considered by health professionals shows Croydon CCG was allocated £409m for healthcare in 2013-14.
But calculations based on the borough's population estimates indicate they should have received £440m.
While Croydon has the second biggest shortfall of 19 underfunded CCGs in the capital, 13 other authorities have been over-funded.
The current formula is weighted to give more money to the areas with the greatest need and while the new formula will take into account need, it will also be heavily influenced by population.
Consultation on the allocation process ended last month, with the allocation for the next two years due to be announced in December.
Paula Swann, chief officer of Croydon CCG, said: "The £31m figure shows the extent to which Croydon is currently underfunded considering the borough’s size and demographic profile.
"The extra funding, even if spread out over several years, would enable services to be improved at a faster pace.
"We might be able to get to where we want to be in terms of the quality of some services in a couple of years, rather than five or six."
A spokesman for NHS England said no final decision had been made about allocations to CCGs.
He said: "NHS England has a legal duty to ensure patients have equal access to services across the country and to address health inequalities.
"It is only right that we examine the risks and benefits of a range of potential options for the future approach to allocation of funds."
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