Health policies ‘too focused on NHS’

    Government plans to reduce health inequalities will fail if its
    public health policies remain weighted towards the NHS, according
    to the King’s Fund.

    The think-tank has questioned the leadership role given to the
    NHS in the white paper Choosing Health.

    Drawing on interviews with NHS leaders, the King’s Fund warns
    that primary care trusts remain driven to prioritise acute care
    over health promotion, despite a plethora of public health targets.
    Recent NHS policies, such as practice-based commissioning and the
    new GP contract have exacerbated this problem, it says.

     

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