Planning for Better Care Fund was a “shambles,” says parliamentary committee

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 11 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6745
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The planning for the Better Care Fund, set up to move care out of hospitals into the community, has been a “shambles,” said Margaret Hodge, chair of the parliamentary public accounts committee, after a critical report from the National Audit Office.1

The Better Care Fund aims to deliver more joined-up local services to older and disabled people to care for them in the community and keep them out of hospital. It will pool £5.3bn (€6.8bn; $8.4bn) of existing NHS and local authority funding and will run from April 2015. Local health and wellbeing boards had to submit their plans in April 2014 for how they would spend their fund …

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