Should the settlement of health and social care in England be re-shaped? And if so, how? Nicholas Timmins looks at the shifting nature of the funding divide in England's health and social care systems, from pre-NHS to the current day.
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The lack of community care (inc out of hours medical cover) is killing the A & E Departments and probably also acute trauma patients who really need to be there whereas many if not most of the largely elderly attending don't - they need to be seen by their GP or practice nurse. Easy to spell out difficult to `sell' to the authorities involved and their unions, known as the stakeholders (terrible word!) Best regards Mike
How far are we willing to go to allow such suffering & waste of resources until we truly put are hearts & minds in identifying the true cause of our problems today & even to begin to address those issues to deliver truly effective & equitable health & social care?