Labour to give £60bn NHS cash to councils

CCGs would become advisory bodies to health and wellbeing boards, Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is expected to propose today.

Andy Burnham: CCGs to become advisory bodies to health and wellbeing boards
Andy Burnham: CCGs to become advisory bodies to health and wellbeing boards

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 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.


































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