Single budgets for health and social care are vital for integration, says think tankBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3204 (Published 11 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3204
- Gareth Iacobucci
- 1The BMJ
Health and social care services across England should be commissioned locally from single organisations holding single budgets by 2020, the King’s Fund has urged.
In a new report, Options for Integrated Commissioning: Beyond Barker,1 the healthcare think tank said that single, ringfenced budgets were an essential step towards ending the historical divide between health and social care, which was a key recommendation of the independent Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England (the “Barker Commission”), chaired by the economist Kate Barker.2
The new report argued that …