Magazine article Public Finance

Long-Term View Needed for Pooled Health and Care Planning

Magazine article Public Finance

Long-Term View Needed for Pooled Health and Care Planning

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The government's flagship Better Care Fund should be extended quickly so that both local authorities and the NHS can plan further integration of spending, an expert has said.

Speaking to Public Finance, ClFPA's health policy adviser Paul Carey-Kent said the 'number one priority' for new care minister Alistair Burt should be to approve continuation of the integration programme, which has so far been implemented for one year, 2015/16.

Under the scheme, councils and the NHS were mandated by the Department of Health to merge at least £3.8bn of funding to deliver a more joined-up health and care system. Eventually, £5.3bn was merged across 151 schemes in England.

Carey-Kent told PF the fund should be in place forthe whole of the next parliament.

'This is a programme that consists of actions which are likely to take more than a year to fully roll out and be implemented successfully, and it's also programme that is vital forthe funding of social care going forward - if that is undermined then it will have a knock on effect on health,' he said.

'The ideal would be to say that overthis parliament-for five years - we're goingto have the Better Care Fund as part of our platform. …

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