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NHS budget priority setting should be fair and transparent

Priority setting in the NHS needs to be led by NHS England so that precious resources are spent fairly and reasonably, says the Faculty of Public Health (FPH).

FPH, which is the professional home for more than 3,300 public health specialists, has launched a new position statement today to help support the way in which NHS England develops good priority-setting processes.

Dr John Middleton, Vice President for Policy at FPH, said: “We’ve seen in recent weeks how important it is that people feel the process for deciding how NHS resources are spent is fair and transparent.

“There will always be a finite amount of funds, and so deciding how they are spent can become both political and deeply personal. That’s why we need a fair system that is consistent and clear.

“NHS England can now play a crucial leadership role in supporting the development of good priority-setting processes both for its directly commissioned services and for those services commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups in England. We hope the paper that FPH is launching today will help support that process.”

Written: 21/02/2014 , last modified: 05/03/2014