Labour to give £60bn NHS cash to councils
By Neil Durham, 24 January 2013
CCGs would become advisory bodies to health and wellbeing boards, Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is expected to propose today.
Speaking at an event at the King’s Fund in London this morning, he is expected to suggest that NHS and social care budgets in England should be combined to promote integration and meet the needs of the ageing population.
GP is at the event and will have video footage of Mr Burnham’s speech available at GPonline.com today.
Mr Burnham’s proposals would mean a major shift in current coalition government health policy. England’s 152 PCTs transfer responsibility and a £60bn budget to 211 clinically-led CCGs in April.
Writing in The Telegraph today Mr Burnham says: 'We try to meet a person's needs through three separate services: physical, through the mainstream NHS; mental, through a detached system on the fringes of the NHS; and social, through a council service.
'We have worked this way for 65 years. For most of the 20th century, we just about managed to make it work for most people. In the century of the ageing society, the gaps between our three services are getting dangerous.'
He adds: 'So I am putting this question at the heart of Labour's review: is it time for the full integration of health and social care?'
Twitter reaction to the speech below. Its hashtag #wholepersoncare was trending during the debate.
#wholepersoncare GPs will lead teams of other professionals - managing the care of the at-risk population— Clare Gerada (@clarercgp) January 24, 2013
Labour's ideas on health and social care similar to Lib Dems pre-election. Where does this take coalition politics?— Chris Ham (@profchrisham) January 24, 2013
Burnham echoing many principles h/care staff support but not as clear re whose in charge what and responsible— Howard Catton (@HowardCatton) January 24, 2013
#wholepersoncare - if CCGs become advisory to HWB's watch GPs desert them in their droves... who will take over? More centralising?— Peter Swinyard (@phoenixdoc) January 24, 2013
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