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Changes to law to enable integrated care

The government is making changes to existing secondary legislation to make it easier for the first integrated care providers (ICPs) to be set up.

Setting up ICPs will allow primary medical services to be run through the same contract as other health and care services such as social care for the first time.

The changes to the law introduced by the government will make sure ICPs have to follow the same rules as other NHS or care organisations, for example around complaints procedures and the reimbursement of travel expenses.

GPs who wish to integrate with an ICP can easily transfer their services from previous contracts to a new ICP contract, if they choose to do so.

The participation of any individual practice or GP is entirely voluntary, and their role in an ICP will be for them to decide.