What does Health & Social Care Act mean for patients?

In an article on The Guardian Healthcare Network, National Voices’ Don Redding assesses the impact of the reforms on patients. He flags the opportunities brought in by the new focus on integration and the patient involvement clauses, strengthened by the National Voices and Health Foundation campaign.  And he flags concerns raised by National Voices members. These include concerns that localisation will exacerbate inequalities and social exclusion; that gains from successful national strategies and frameworks will be at risk; and that the needs of patients with less common conditions will not be identified and responded to by GP commissioners with low awareness.