A commission on the future of health and social care in England

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17 July 2013

A commission on the future of health and social care in England

The Kings Fund – a leading policy think tank has established a commission to look into the future of health and social care in England.

The commission will be looking at the growth of health and social care since NHS was established and the funding requirements to ensure that the services meet the needs of the 21st century service user.
The key question being addressed by the Commission is, “whether the system set up post war with separate streams of services for health and social care is fit for current times.”

The main questions they will consider are:

  • How should the boundaries between health and social care be defined?
  • Should the criteria for eligibility be aligned in health and social care, if so how?
  • Should the funding for health and social care be combined and what should be the balance between state funded vs self- funded care.

The commission will be issuing a call for evidence, commission research and will organise seminars. A report will be published before the next general election which may inform the election manifestos.
 

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