The government has pledged to “end the uncertainty and delay” about the future of community health services.
Yesterday’s white paper says the government will adopt a “consistent approach” across all types of NHS services and that the separation of commissioning and provider arms for community services will be completed by April 2011.
It adds that a move will be made “as soon as possible” to an “any willing provider” approach to increase competition and patient choice.
The document also says that the government will “accelerate the development” of currencies and tariffs for community services and providers will be paid according to their performance.
“Payment should reflect outcomes, not just activity, and provide an incentive for better quality,” it says.