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Dump “acronym spaghetti” in integrated care and allow patients and staff to shape new services, say MPs

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2561 (Published 11 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2561
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

MPs have called for health and care professionals, working with local government, patients’ representatives, and the voluntary sector, to take the lead in reforming the NHS to allow for better integration of care.

In a new report the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee said that the NHS urgently needed changing but not through the usual top-down reorganisation. It said that the NHS and social care services were now looking after a population that was living longer, with increasingly complex health and care needs, and that services needed to be better organised around patients’ needs.

It said that there were current examples of NHS and care services working together to deliver better care and added, “We support the move away from a competitive landscape of autonomous providers towards more integrated, collaborative and …

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