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Health and social services to work more closely in England

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 26 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:838
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Divisions between health and social care will be bridged under proposals issued by the government last week in a consultation document describing options for joint working between health and social services in England.

    Legislation will enable pooled budgets and integrated services to be established across organisational boundaries, with the emerging primary care trusts seen as being key agencies to coordinate health and social care.

    Ministers say that the aim is to demolish the “Berlin wall” …

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