Dr Anna Dixon, Director of Policy at The King's Fund, said in response to the announcement:
'We welcome the announcement that the Future Forum will continue to lead a process of engagement on these areas of policy. It was clear that further thinking and consultation were needed on a number of areas of the government reforms including workforce and education reforms and the implications of the changes to public health for the NHS. Good information will be vital to the NHS to improve quality and tackle the productivity challenge so we welcome this as a priority for the Future Forum.
'We are also encouraged that having given greater priority to integration in the Health and Social Care Bill following the listening exercise, the government have asked the Future Forum to do further work in this area. The King's Fund will be working with the Nuffield Trust to develop a strategy to promote integrated care and to find ways to make integrated care a reality across England.'
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