The NHS Commissioning Board today publishes its planning guidance for 2013-14.

The guidance, called Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14, is the first published by the commissioning board, under the reformed NHS system.

It plays a similar role to the NHS Operating Framework, setting priorities and targets, and financial and planning rules.

Sir David Nicholson says in the document: “Focusing on outcomes to plan NHS services represents a significant opportunity to build on our achievements to date… At the same time, we must not fall into the trap of thinking that because we have improved access that the job is done - the rights and pledges in the NHS Constitution must be delivered for everyone who uses the services we commission.”

HSJ’s analysis includes:


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