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Rebranded accountable care and clearer spending plans feature in revised planning guidance
NHS England has rebranded the existing ACS areas “integrated care systems” (ICS) in planning guidance for 2018/19 published last week. The eight existing shadow ACSs and the devolved health systems in Manchester and Surrey will be known as ICSs in future. The document stresses the need for greater engagement with patients and the public. The guidance also clarifies how additional funding of £1.6bn in the chancellor’s autumn budget will be used, principally to ensure adequate emergency care and to address growing waits for elective care.
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