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What the preparatory planning guidance means for primary care
NHE England and NHS Improvement published ‘preparatory’ guidance in late December to encourage commissioners to get local planning under way. It doesn’t provide much new information and with CCGs still awaiting 2019/20 budget allocations most are likely to wait a bit longer for the “full guidance” due this month. The preparatory guidance is useful mainly for its calendar of planning deadlines that CCGs will be expected to hit and for the clues it contains about the direction of national policy. In this brief summary of the guidance and what it’s likely to mean for primary care we see renewed emphasis on cooperation at system level to develop integrated care systems (ICS), and increased pressure on commissioners to nurture the primary care networks that will be building blocks of ICS.
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