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History “will not thank” NHS leaders who ignore collaborative opportunities

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1280 (Published 02 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1280
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England, has warned local healthcare leaders that “history will not thank them” if they are unwilling to set aside their differences and work together to transform the way healthcare is delivered.

With the health service facing the perfect storm of a health gap, a care gap, and a fiscal crisis, NHS England has asked local organisations to collaborate with each other and with local government to draw up sustainability and transformation plans focusing on their local populations’ needs.

Speaking at a King’s Fund event on how to advance the plans, Stevens said that local leaders must disregard traditional silos and embrace new ways of working to help keep the …

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