Only 12 of 211 commissioning groups are acting on integrated care, conference hears

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 31 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2475
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

After a decade of talk, integrated care is beginning to be commissioned in the NHS in England by the braver elements among the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), a meeting at the King’s Fund heard on 27 March. But Bob Ricketts, director of commissioning support strategy and market development at NHS England, questioned whether it was happening fast enough to have any impact on the many problems the NHS faces.

Ricketts said the transformational change he believed necessary would have been easier “when we were flusher.” But, he added, “We are where we are and the longer we delay the greater the risk will become.” The NHS faced an unprecedented set of challenges that could only be met by changing …

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