Posted by: Witch Doctor | June 7, 2011

INTEGRATION : Watch this word!

Integration, Integration, Integration.

My Black Cat’s conspiracy radar switches on whenever this word is mentioned.

She says in the health care setting it is a word that can mean anything you want it to mean and therefore it has become the latest jargon designed to obfuscate and confuse.

Apparently David Cameron is using it.

“Changes will improve “efficient and integrated care” not hinder it”

Jobbing Doctor has views on David Cameron’s five pledges.

Yesterday the “integrated” word was spoken in the House of Lords

“NHS: Reform

Question

Asked By Lord Kennedy of Southwark

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that their proposals for the reform of the National Health Service do not lead to a break up of the service.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe):

My Lords, the Government are currently pausing to consider possible improvements to the Health and Social Care Bill. However, our proposals will reinforce the NHS as an integrated system, joining up working between the NHS, public health and social care locally. A new NHS commissioning board will set national commissioning guidelines promoting greater consistency. All NHS bodies and providers of NHS services will remain bound by the NHS constitution, and the Secretary of State will remain accountable overall.”

Note the statement that “The Secretary of State will remain accountable overall.”

If the Health and Social Care Bill is not thrown out completely, will the wording be changed back again to reflect who has overall accountability?

Or will this fundamental wording remain deleted:

(2)The Secretary of State must for that purpose provide or secure the provision of services in accordance with this Act.

Or will it be changed just a little and be fudged again?

Well, My Black Cat, The Witch Doctor may not agree with your conspiracy theories, nevertheless she will pay attention every time the term “Integrated Care “ is used.

And be on the look out for Integrated Creep.

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