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Government plans to move back from local to central decision making in social care

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c133 (Published 11 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c133
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Decisions on social care may be made more centrally in a notable change to the current UK government policy to encourage devolution in health care, MPs were told this week.

    England’s health secretary, Andy Burnham, told MPs on the parliamentary health select committee that people want clarity and fairness rather than too much local discretion on how services are provided.

    The committee, quizzing Mr Burnham as part of its inquiry into social care, asked about the forthcoming social care white paper, expected this spring before the general election.

    The government published its green paper, Shaping the Future of Care Together, in July last year with the intention of reforming the funding and delivery of …

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