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No backing for amendment to Bradford healthcare study
8:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Local news
A ward councillor’s call for a scrutiny committee to study healthcare needs in pockets of the Bradford District with an ageing population has failed to win backing.
Councillor Adrian Naylor (Ind, Craven) proposed an amendment to the Bradford Council’s Labour group proposal to work with NHS bodies and make representations to the Secretary of State about the national re-allocation of NHS funding.
Councillors are concerned up to £90m will be stripped from health funding locally and handed to wealthier areas of the country, under plans to focus NHS spending on areas of the country with greater numbers of older people.
The Labour group’s proposal was agreed at a full meeting of Bradford Council on October 15.
But Coun Naylor’s amendment, which would have required the Council’s Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee to look into the needs of ageing populations in areas such as Ilkley and Addingham, was not supported.
He said: “Local populations like Ilkley and Addingham, which are some of the oldest average age populations in the district, are having money taken away from them for exactly the same reason that Oxford are being given more.”
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