National Voices welcomes ambitions to make joined-up health and care the norm by 2018, as set out by Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, and urges health and care staff to make use of a new vision for coordinated care.
National Voices has joined a group of hospice provider charities to brief peers in the House of Lords on their concerns that the voluntary sector could be squeezed out of local commissioning by misinterpretation of new regulations on procurement.
The ‘section 75’ regulations under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 risk being seen by commissioners as a requirement to put all but a minority of services out to competitive tender.
The House of Lords will debate the regulations on 24th April 2013.
The reorganisation of the NHS in England has been launched. Will it be better for patients or worse? What are the hopes and fears of patient organisations? Here is National Voices’ round up of the key issues.