National imperatives could override local priorities of health and wellbeing boards, survey indicates

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 13 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2733
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The new bodies that will bring together the NHS, public health, and local authorities to coordinate health services in England could be the perfect catalyst for integrated care, claims a leading health think tank.

However, fears have been raised that budgets for the new health and wellbeing boards could be too small and that their locally agreed priorities could be overruled by national imperatives.

The King’s Fund published a report on Thursday 12 April about the progress so far of shadow health and wellbeing boards across England, which shows that the people involved are generally positive about the future role of the boards.

The report, which is based on interviews with 50 local authorities across England and detailed case studies …

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