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Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England, comments on the establishment of the new Health and Social Care Integration fund and overall settlement for the NHS announced in today’s Spending Review 2015/16.
Sir David Nicholson, the Chief Executive of NHS England said:
“This is a very significant settlement for the NHS. It presents both opportunities and challenges. It is a potential ‘game changer’ as it gives us the opportunity to accelerate the development of integrated services. It means we can provide more joined-up care for care for patients with complex needs, enabling them to be supported at home.”
“Merging health and social care budgets to support integrated care at a time when resources are constrained will require us to rethink how we organise services around patients. We need to begin formulating plans as soon as possible so that we are ready to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the 2015/16 settlement.”