Notes to editors
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The Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England was established by The King’s Fund in June 2013. The commissioners are:
- Kate Barker, business economist and former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee
- Geoff Alltimes, chair of the Local Government Association multi-agency task group on health transition and previously Chief Executive of Hammersmith and Fulham Council and NHS Hammersmith and Fulham
- Lord Bichard, cross-bench peer and Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence
- Baroness Greengross, cross-bench peer and Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre UK
- Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics
The commission's terms of reference ask it to explore whether the post-war settlement, which established the NHS as a universal service, free at the point of use, and social care as a separately funded, means-tested service, remains fit for purpose and whether, and if so how, the settlement should be re-shaped by bringing the NHS and social care system closer together.
The commission is keen to seek views on the options for change it has set out and has issued a further call for evidence to inform its final report.
More information about the commission’s work is at: www.kingsfund.org.uk/barkercommission
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