22 OCT 2010

Meeting with Anthony Farnsworth, Torbay Care Trust

International experience demonstrates that integrating health and social care delivers better care for vulnerable elderly patients. Torbay has been in the forefront of a nationwide series of pilots looking at how this can be done in the UK and I am keen to promote their success so that their work can continue when Health Services move towards GP commissioning. Torbay has drastically reduced the number of people over 65 years of age that need emergency hospital admission and has the lowest rate of hospital deaths of any local authority in England. I am hoping that the Care Trust will be able to give evidence to the Health Select Committee so that their excellent results will be taken into account when designing future services.

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