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Health Services: Cambridgeshire

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 234650, tabled on 20 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the speed of growth within Cambridgeshire on local health services.

Answered on

27 March 2019

NHS England is responsible for decisions on the weighted capitation formula used to allocate resources between clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). This process is independent of Government. NHS England takes advice from the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA), a group of academics and other experts.

NHS England published five-year CCG allocations 2019/20 to 2023/24 on 8 February 2019 at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/ccg-allocations-2019-20-to-2023-24-core-services/

In making these allocations, NHS England accepted all recommendations made by ACRA, including changes in the way population estimates and projections are used. NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s revenue allocation is based on the actual average registered population in the 12 months to October 2018, which was 967,902. Using population growth rates estimated by the Office for National Statistics, the allocations include an estimated population growth to 973,472 in 2019-20 (0.62% growth). We continue this approach throughout the allocations period so that by 2023-24 we assume a population of 992,432, equivalent to an average growth of 0.50% per annum over the period.

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