Corby doctors are to receive one of the highest budget increases in the country for the next financial year.
NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group has been allocated about £93m to fund healthcare services for the people of Corby in 2016/17.
This is 9.4 per cent, or about £8m, more than the current year’s £85m budget.
The Department of Health approach to allocations resolves historic under-resourcing of the NHS in Corby, where the CCG has been one of the lowest funded in England.
As a result, CCGs in some other parts of the country are getting much smaller increases.
For the current 2015/16 year, Corby CCG is 8.7 per cent below its fair share.
The increase for 2016/17 takes the CCG to 4.9 per cent below its fair share.
Corby’s enhanced budget will help the CCG to tackle particular health challenges in the local community – including below-average life expectancy and high levels of cancer.
Dr Joanne Watt, clinical chairman for Corby CCG, said: “This increase is very welcome.
“It addresses a long-term inequity in healthcare funding for the people of Corby and will help us to meet their needs more effectively.”
The CCG, led by local GPs, will spend the coming weeks deciding how best to use the increased budget.