ACO formation put on pause


Full story in the HSJ, 23 January 2018

NHS England and the Department of Health have effectively paused the creation of the first accountable care organisations, pending further consultation.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the ACO contract - published by NHS England in draft last year - would not be put in place in any areas until after the national commissioning organisation holds a consultation in coming months.

He wrote to Commons health committee chair Sarah Wollaston yesterday, in response to a letter from her last week requesting that moves to implement ACOs be delayed pending a committee inquiry.