The Government has just announced the funding allocations for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country for the next financial year. CCGs are the GP-led bodies that are responsible for deciding how the NHS budget is spent in each part of the country.
We have long argued that the NHS in Croydon doesn't get a fair share of the national cake, much as we argue that Croydon Council doesn't get a fair share of local government funding (and as we used to argue that Croydon Police didn't get a fair share of the Metropolitan Police budget until Boris changed the formula used to allocate that budget) and for the same reason - the formula used has failed to keep pace with demographic changes in the borough.
In that context, it's good to see that Croydon CCG has done significantly better than most CCGs, getting an increase of 3.55% compared with a national average of 2.56%.
Good news, but not as good as we hoped - of the 211 CCGs in England, Croydon has got the 31st biggest increase. I’ll be meeting with Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, to discuss why some neighbouring boroughs have got bigger increases early in the new year.