People with mental health problems, cancer or heart disease are being subjected to a postcode lottery when it comes to NHS care.
A report from the King’s Fund think-tank claims patients are being denied fair access to treatment because of wide variations in spending.
It found the amount spent in some areas of England is four times higher than in others.
King’s Fund chief economist Professor John Appleby said: “This new data is very revealing, and raises serious questions about the consistency of decisions Primary Care Trusts make about how much they spend on different diseases.”
NHS 'postcode lottery’ highlighted