Labour conference: Burnham pledges 'historic' reforms to integrate care

Labour would 'make history' by creating a unified national health and social care service, the shadow health secretary has said.

Mr Burnham said the NHS was 'under attack'
Mr Burnham said the NHS was 'under attack'

Mr Burnham told the party’s annual conference in Brighton on Wednesday that NHS values were under the 'most audacious attack ever' and the Coalition government was creating an 'American healthcare system'.

Setting out his radical plans for whole-person care and integrated services, Mr Burnham said Labour would end the marketisation and privatisation of the health service and repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which is fragmenting the service.

He said: 'One valued team working around the person. It’s what clinicians want to do. But right now they can’t. In Cameron’s NHS, the competition lawyers call the shots. They call integration "anti-competitive". Have you ever heard anything more ridiculous?

'The Health and Social Care Act 2012 has placed the NHS on a fast-track to fragmentation and privatisation. It has got to go - and it will.'

Mr Burnham’s plans would hand budgets and commissioning to health and wellbeing boards and end GP-led commissioning.

Labour has signed up 25 councils of all parties to begin piloting the proposals.

He said: ‘Let’s extend Bevan’s vision to the whole person; end the lottery in older people’s care. Let’s back our instincts and have the courage of convictions. NHS values, Labour values, the country’s values. Let Labour again make history today.'

Yesterday, Mr Burnham told GP that general practice would have 'to work very differently’ under his plans, with more focus on preventive and social care.

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