SCIE press release

Barker Commission Report: A new settlement for health and social care

4 September 2014

The final report from the independent commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England published today examines the current health and social care system and proposes a new approach that redesigns care around individual needs.

Tony Hunter, SCIE’s Chief Executive says:

We welcome this timely and necessary report on the future of health and social care in England.   Given health and social care systems that have grown up incrementally over many years, it is good to see this attempt to simplify the hugely complex web of entitlements so they make better sense to people needing services.

It is good to see the range of income generating options to fund future health and social care. There are of course policy and logistical considerations for the options but the overriding point is that there really are ways forward if we are serious about building sustainable ways to meet growing need and demand.

We welcome the emphasis on better integrated working and recognise the importance of health and wellbeing boards working beyond organisational boundaries on broader prevention and wellbeing agendas.

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