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Integrated care should be NHS priority, say think tanks

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8344
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

A clarion call for the NHS in England to stop talking about integrated care and start delivering it has been issued by the health think tanks the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust.

Just as cutting waiting times was the target for the last decade, providing seamless, patient centred care for frail elderly patients and for people with chronic conditions should be the priority for the next 10 years, a new report by the two organisations says. Such care should become “a real and pressing priority” for commissioners and providers and be delivered at pace and scale, they say, and space should be created in the risk averse NHS for true innovation to flourish.

The prize would be an …

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