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Single budgets for health and social care are vital for integration, says think tank

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3204 (Published 11 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3204
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Health and social care services across England should be commissioned locally from single organisations holding single budgets by 2020, the King’s Fund has urged.

In a new report, Options for Integrated Commissioning: Beyond Barker,1 the healthcare think tank said that single, ringfenced budgets were an essential step towards ending the historical divide between health and social care, which was a key recommendation of the independent Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England (the “Barker Commission”), chaired by the economist Kate Barker.2

The new report argued that …

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