Responding to today's speech by the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, on his ambition for patient-centred care, Dr Anna Dixon, director of policy at The King's Fund, said:
'The government is right to place greater emphasis on improving quality, cleanliness, safety and giving patients more choice and control over their health care – the real challenge is how to secure these gains while facing increasing financial constraints.
'These proposals could offer an opportunity to drive quality in the NHS by ensuring that hospitals are incentivised to provide good-quality care, but the key to the success of this policy will be to ensure sufficient care can be provided in the community following a patient's discharge.
'This will require hospitals to work with primary care and community health care providers to ensure that services are in place for patients on discharge and that they are not kept in beds for longer than necessary.'
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