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Expand and speed up efforts to shift care to the community, says NHS Confederation

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1571 (Published 08 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1571
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The NHS Confederation is calling on the government to trigger the major funding shift that would ensure that community and home based services become the new “default setting” for most people’s care.

Inpatient treatment in large acute hospitals could then be reserved for people with life threatening illnesses and those requiring complex surgery, it says.

But the confederation, which represents commissioners and providers of NHS services, said that health leaders and ministers would have to be “more open” …

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