Commissioners of care for elderly people are “flying blind,” says one senior commissioner

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 21 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7563
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

Health and social care commissioners who attempt to purchase compassionate and dignified services for elderly patients are “basically flying blind,” a senior clinician responsible for £700m (€820m; $1.1bn) of commissioning funds in the east of England has claimed.

Paul Watson, who is chief executive of NHS Suffolk and heavily involved in setting up new clinical commissioning arrangements in the county, was giving evidence to the Commission on Improving Dignity in the second of its three public sessions in London on Thursday 17 November.

The commission, an initiative of the Partnership on Dignity in Care set up by the NHS Confederation, the Local Government Association, and the charity Age UK, is looking at how to improve the treatment of older …

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