Government consults on joint commissioning

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

National charity Counsel and Care has welcomed the launch of a consultation about the best ways for health and social care services to work together more closely for the benefit of users. Counsel and Care chief executive Stephen Burke said the Secretary of State had set out a productive vision for the future of health and social care services, as well as providing a framework for this to take place. “Older people in particular will benefit from this joint commissioning agenda, and hopefully the current barriers to people receiving crucial low level services which prevent further more serious ill-health will be broken down,” said Mr Burke. “Crucially, the consultation addresses the issue of choice and control for individuals, something that Counsel and Care has called for in its recent policy papers. However, there are still major issues to be resolved. Improving the incentives for joint commissioning should address some of the current problems, but while social care and health still receive their fundin

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