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Government to develop plan to improve care for older people

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The Department of Health is asking for examples of how to strengthen prevention and early diagnosis in primary care, with the aim of developing a plan for improving out-of-hospital care for vulnerable older people.

"Right care, right place, right time: how can we improve health and care for vulnerable older people?" also seeks comments on proposals for improved access to services, consistent and safe out-of-hours services, enhanced choice and control, and better information sharing.

The final plan will be reflected in next year’s Mandate to NHS England, which sets out the Government’s ambitions for the NHS as well as the funding available to achieve the necessary levels of care.

The DoH is currently consulting on its annual refresh of the mandate. The main proposed changes reflect the core priorities of:

  1. The actions being taken forward by NHS England in response to the Francis report to transform the care people receive
  2. Working with NHS England to develop a vulnerable older people plan, which will improve support for older people and those with long term conditions, particularly through reform of primary care given its pivotal role within communities
  3. The need for the NHS to contribute to the recovery of the economy and make better use of resources in light of the challenging financial climate
  4. The mandate consultation closes on 27 September 2013.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11123111

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