Commenting on the Chancellor’s plans for a joint commissioning plan for the NHS and local councils, Andrew Hine, UK head of healthcare at KPMG, comments:
"Closer integration of health and social care is essential if the needs of our growing and ageing population are to be met. Integration on its own however isn't a panacea.
“Investment will be needed over time to ensure health and social services have the capacity and capability to meet the huge increase in demand they face over the coming decade.
“Today we face an NHS struggling under the dual strain of increasing patient demands and decreasing staff numbers. We’ve seen, far too often, that as population needs evolve, different care pathways have collided in an uncoordinated fashion, with the end result being diminished staff morale and un-coordinated, poorer quality care. To really relieve pressure on a dedicated workforce the funds that are available need to be aimed at redesigning the health and social care pathways so that patient doctors, nurses and social care teams are in a position to meet the needs of every patient, every time.”
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