Collaboration a better use of scarce funds

Competition in healthcare wastes money when there are limited resources available, Lord Victor Adebowale told the RCGP's annual conference.

Lord Victor Adebowale: bespoke health and social care services (Photograph: Peter Hill)

The chief executive of social care organisation Turning Point said that in a time of economic hardship, joint working was needed instead of competition.

‘We need not to compete but to collaborate. Every time you compete, you use money. Collaboration is the way to use those limited resources,’ he said.

‘The only way we’re going to get through the next few years is to emphasise common objectives, not the differences between us, and use resources in the public’s interest.’

Lord Adebowale said that Turning Point, which provides services for people with complex needs, was already working in partnership with GPs to develop health and social care services.

The organisation had devised a methodology for involving communities in commissioning activities that resulted in bespoke health and social care services, he said.

An evaluation of the initiative in 14 areas proved it was a cost-effective way of delivering the right services, said Lord Adebowale.

‘For every £1 spent, you save £4.40. That figure rises to £14 when you look at other quality of life improvements,’ he said.

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