Integration of care should be at heart of NHS reform, says King’s Fund

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 23 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6687
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

The UK government must promote the “right kind of competition” to ensure that the NHS is able to further integrate care for the benefit of patients, says a report from the health think tank the King’s Fund.

It warns that the reforms outlined in the government’s Equity and Excellence white paper, published in July (BMJ 2010;341:c3796, doi:10.1136/bmj.c3796), need to encourage more integration of care to improve outcomes for patients.

Chris Ham, the chief executive of the King’s Fund and the report’s lead author, told the BMJ that the government’s current proposals risked further fragmenting NHS providers of …

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