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News - 24 January 2013

Labour Party says merge NHS and Social Care

The NHS and social care budgets in England should be combined to create a super pot to meet the needs of the ageing population, Labour says.

The money - worth £119bn this year - could be used to provide more joined-up care across the hospital, mental health and care sectors, the party believes.

The proposal could see councils get much more involved in making decisions about the NHS, while the biggest hospitals may end up expanding into the community, perhaps even running care homes.

But government sources suggested such a move could end up undermining clinical commissioning groups - the new bodies which are taking control of the health budget under the government reforms.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“Combining the budgets will also require changes to the way money is distributed round the system. That would mean "taking power away from doctors and nurses."

But Mr Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said:
"As we live longer, people's needs become a blur of physical, mental and social. It is just not possible to disaggregate them and meet them through our three separate services."

Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health managers, said: "Mr Burnham is absolutely right to highlight the long-term pressures facing the NHS and the need for radical change to address them.

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