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‘Get stuck into ICSs’, Hewitt tells local leaders

NHS leaders ‘who might be hesitating about whether or not to really commit’ to their local integrated care system should ‘put aside all of those doubts [and] get stuck in’, Patricia Hewitt has claimed.

Ms Hewitt, Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board chair and former health secretary, was speaking at the NHS ConfedExpo conference, the day after government responded to her recent review of ICSs.

The Department of Health and Social Care rejected or ducked several of its most eye-catching recommendations, but did state its support for ICSs and system working; while Labour has also said it would maintain ICSs should it come to power.

Ms Hewitt said the government response was more positive than she had feared at some points, and it “would have been a complete miracle” if ministers had backed all her recommendations.

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Source: HSJ, 15 June 2023


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