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Study reveals health inequalities

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Funds allocated to the same treatment can vary massively according to the area in which you live, an analysis from the Kings Fund has revealed.

The most dramatic contrast was in 2006/7 where Islington PCT spent 4.6 times more per head than East Riding of Yorkshire PCT on the provision of mental health care, £474 and £103 respectively.

Spending variation is also evident across a number of clinical areas, including cancer.

The study says that the differences are ‘unjust’ and must be investigated further. Its authors write: ‘Tackling variations in spending will first require much more effort in understanding why variations occur and second, determined efforts to change spending patterns to produce a more efficient and fairer NHS.’

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