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Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Are we heading for a fairer funding system?

BMA Cymru Wales wants to know whether Wales gets enough money to meet its health needs.

Some politicians and academics say that the way Wales is funded is not fair. The so-called 'Barnett formula' allocates resources to Wales on population rather than a 'needs' basis. Put simply, we don't know whether we're getting the right amount of money.

I'm no financial expert, which is why I've welcomed the establishment of the Holtham Commission. I hope the Commission will allow us mere medics to obtain a very clear answer, to what seems a very simple question: Is Wales getting enough cash to meet its growing health needs?

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