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Reaction: NHS Future Forum report

‘There is wide consensus that integrating care is good for patients and offers more efficient care. But people have been talking about this for a long time. We need to be honest that, so far, integration has only been successful as a result of the efforts of unusually determined local leaders who have been prepared to take a lot of risks and swim against the tide.’

Jo Webber, director of the NHS Confederation

‘Throughout the work of the Future Forum, employers have stressed the importance of making sure that the needs of the whole workforce, including those of support staff are considered within the new arrangements. It’s a real breakthrough to see specific recommendations to allow national funding to be used to invest in developing all staff. This is essential if we are to create a step change in the way services are delivered.’

Dean Royles, director of NHS Employers

More reaction to come…