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RCGP calls for integrated commissioning


18 April 2013

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Improvements in treating long-term conditions cannot be achieved unless end of life care is “seriously considered,” RCGP have warned. 

As part of a six-step guide to commissioning for palliative care, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said treating conditions such as dementia must be “integrated” by commissioners. 

Improvements in treating long-term conditions cannot be achieved unless end of life care is “seriously considered,” RCGP have warned. 

As part of a six-step guide to commissioning for palliative care, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said treating conditions such as dementia must be “integrated” by commissioners. 

The guide has been produced to ensure the needs of dying patients and their families are paramount, with services developed around them. 
Addresing the “complexities of commissioning local services”, the guidance aims to 
The guidance provides case studies of good practice and signposts to existing resources from RCGP. 
“The challenge we face as GP providers and commissioners is to move beyond this to the greater population who need our help,” said Dr Clare Gerara, RCGP chair.  
She added: “The importance of making improvements in end of life care cannot be emphasised enough and primary care is central to this challenge.”
The new guidance is available on the RCGP website
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