On Monday the Tories launched their health manifesto, promising new ‘health premiums' would divert extra public health funding to areas with the worst health outcomes, with more money available to trusts that improve the health of their populations.
Mr Burnham said: ‘Cameron promises no NHS cuts - but in the very next breath pledges to cut the things that matter most to patients - their right to see a cancer specialist within two weeks or to be treated within a maximum of 18 weeks.
‘Scrapping national targets is a recipe for a return to the kind of postcode prescribing that was a hallmark of the Tory NHS in times past. It takes power off the public and hands it back to managers and professionals.
‘He needs to tell us today which local areas in the Midlands and the south will see their funding cut to pay for the increases in other areas.'
Mr Burnham added that Tory health policy was at odds with research ‘showing that the areas that have benefited most from the introduction of national targets are the areas with the highest health needs'.
Dr Anna Dixon, acting chief executive of The King's Fund, said: ‘NHS money is already allocated to areas based on deprivation as well as clinical need. It's not clear whether [the Conservative] announcement is a move away from existing PCT allocation formulas or creates additional public health funding.'
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