National Voices’ Chief Executive, Jeremy Taylor, says:
“The Better Care Fund is a step in the right direction and there is lots of enthusiasm across the country to join up services. However, three things are now key to making this happen.
“We need to keep the emphasis on people, improving the quality and experience of care - we mustn’t let the current focus on saving money and reducing hospital admissions detract from this.
“Local areas need support to get involvement right. The best local plans involve not just doctors and nurses but people who use services, family, carers, friends, volunteers and charities and community groups. There are some great examples of this but they are far from the norm.