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Investing in community care saves money for the wider NHS, analysis shows

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 27 September 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p2239
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

For every £100 spent in the community care sector there is a 31% return on investment in acute sector savings, a new analysis shows.1

The latest report in a series commissioned by the NHS Confederation shows that investing in community services not only helps to reduce hospital admissions but also saves the NHS money.

Areas of the country that spent relatively less on community care in terms of population need have seen higher than average levels of hospital and emergency activity compared with those spending relatively more, the analysis conducted by the consultancy firm Carnall …

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