Call for specialists and GPs to integrate

GPs, GPSIs and consultants should work together as integrated provider organisations (IPOs), according to the NHS Alliance.

IPOs would be expected to run generalist and specialist services in the community rather than grouping them together.

Their budgets would include the ability to commission secondary and tertiary services as determined by population need.

This would allow clinicians to lead on change, using a collaborative approach across primary and secondary healthcare to set up IPOs rather than letting private organisations impose their own solutions.

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