“Caring for medical patients is a thoughtful contribution to the debate over how to deliver greater continuity of care to acutely ill patients in the NHS.
"Whilst its main focus is on fitting hospital care more closely around patients, the report also recognises that to make its compelling vision a reality, reform is required throughout the wider health and social care system.
The challenge now for policy makers, managers and clinicians is to plot a practical course, drawing on this report and others
Nuffield Trust Chief Executive Andy McKeon
"Our own recent work proposing new models of primary care fits within that line of thinking.
“The challenge now for policy makers, managers and clinicians is to plot a practical course, drawing on this report and others, for reaching that destination.
"Many of the changes needed depend on the shape of the medical workforce, changes in working practices, developments in health care IT and alterations to NHS funding arrangements.
"This will all take time to effect, but that is precisely the reason for greater urgency.”