- NHS long term plan—legal changes needed for integrated healthcare
- Integrated healthcare is at the core of the NHS plan, which envisages increasing cooperation and collaboration between the various NHS bodies, local authorities and the third sector, what level of integration is proposed, and does it equate to the fully devolved combined health and social care approach?
- What legislative reform is proposed to make sure this happens and why is it needed?
- To what extent is this related to the green paper on social care due to be published?
- What regulatory changes are needed to make sure that ICS, CCGs and other NHS bodies remain publicly accountable yet free to collaborate?
- The plan proposes reform to healthcare procurement by leaving the decision on when to procure using a ‘best value’ test. What does that mean and how would it work?
- The plan also proposes freeing the NHS from the PCR 2015 regime and providing statutory guidance for the NHS to follow. How would this work in law and what would it mean in practice for suppliers and contracting authorities?
- How would this change the contracting process for suppliers and does it open up new opportunities for innovative contract solutions?
Local Government analysis: In the second article in a five-part series exploring the NHS long-term plan, Gerard Hanratty, partner at Browne Jacobson, discusses the legal changes necessary for successful, integrated healthcare.
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