NHS Commissioning Board needs targets for integrated care to become a reality, conference hears

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 12 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e352
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

The right to integrated care should be enshrined in the NHS constitution if it is to become an integral part of the new NHS landscape and deliver much needed improvements in the quality of primary care provision, experts have claimed.

Speaking at a conference on the topic, organised by health policy think tank the King’s Fund on 10 January, its chief executive Chris Ham feared that the government’s response to the latest NHS Future Forum report on integrated care, published on Monday (, was little more than hot air.

“There are lots of warm words and good intentions in the [Department’s] response, but very few specific credible commitments to actually do anything to make [it] a reality,” he said. Three things were needed, he suggested.

The mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board should include some …

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