Up to £1bn of Better Care Fund will be spent on NHS services

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 08 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4503
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The government has announced that up to £1bn of the Better Care Fund will be held back to pay for NHS services in England, after concerns that the initiative’s estimated savings would not be made quickly enough because the required cuts to emergency admissions were overambitious.

The NHS in England was told in June last year that £1.9bn (€2.4bn; $3.3bn) of funds would be top sliced from NHS commissioning budgets from April 2015 and transferred to local authorities to form part of the £3.8bn Better Care Fund. This fund will be used to improve care in the community through programmes jointly agreed by the NHS and local authorities. The government argued that it would save money by reducing the strain on hospitals and cutting admissions.

However, the health policy …

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