Mental health and learning disabilities contract under fire from Adass

A new standard contract for mental health and learning disability services in England will fail to adequately support integration between health and social care, sector leaders have warned.

The Standard NHS Contract for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities comes into effect in April for one year. It will create legally binding agreements between care providers and primary care trust and local authority commissioners, in order to commit them to specific policy objectives and ensure accountability. However, existing arrangements can continue until April 2010 where contracts are well-established.

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