Local councils call for more money for integrating care

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 05 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3737
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Local authorities have urged the UK government to inject extra funds into integration of health and social care, amid stark warnings that 2015-16 will be a crunch year for financial risks.

The Local Government Association has backed a proposal from the health think tank the King’s Fund for a new “transformation fund” to be created, as a senior NHS leader warned that NHS trusts’ finances could “go out of control” next year.

The association’s chairman, Merrick Cockell, said that about £2bn (€2.5bn; $3.3bn) was needed to ease short term disruption as new service models were created that would give people a “smooth care journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.” He also said the proposed Better Care Fund, comprising £3.8bn of council and NHS money pooled for closer working and reducing hospital admissions, which is due to come into effect next April, should be beefed up and made into a …

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