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Emergency admissions for diabetes fall by almost 7% in integrated care pilot scheme

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3562
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Half of the efficiency savings needed to be made in London to help meet the £20bn national NHS target could be made through the integrated care of patients with long term conditions, a pilot study has indicated.

Early findings of the North West London Integrated Care Pilot, which covers a population of 550 000 and provides care to patients with diabetes and frail elderly people, were reported at a conference on high quality healthcare organised by the think tank Reform in London on 16 May.

Hannah Farrah, director of strategy and commissioning development at NHS London, described previous attempts at integrated care in London as “cottage industries.” She said, “We didn’t think that they were having the impact that they really need to have if you are going to change that demand curve of acute services.”

In the northwest London pilot GPs ensure that patients with diabetes …

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