Labour plans new NHS focus on whole person care

Published on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:59
Written by Govtoday staff

Labour yesterday joined Sir John Oldham OBE to launch his report on plans to bring together NHS and care services.

It proposes a single care team – doctors, nurses, therapists – working together to meet a personalised plan, with a greater emphasis placed on prevention and keeping people away from unnecessary hospital stays. Older people and their families would benefit from a single point of contact to coordinate all their care needs.

Andy Burnham MP, Labour's shadow health secretary, said: "This report is about re-founding the NHS for the 21st century and building it out for the whole person.

"Whole person care starts in the home. We have to make the home the default setting for care - fundamentally rethinking how you care for older people. A person to coordinate your care so families are no longer passed from pillar to post.

"But we don't need new organisations to provide a higher standard of care - just give existing organisations a new job to do.

"The commission agrees that David Cameron's NHS competition rules are fragmenting care, not integrating it. That's why it repeats Labour's call for them to be abolished."

Liz Kendall MP, Labour's shadow minister for care and older people, said: "Sir John Oldham and his commission have produced an excellent report on how to put people's needs at the heart of our NHS and care services.

"The report shows how 'whole person care' will make a real difference to people's lives, proposing one person to co-ordinate all of a person's care and support, and one team that works together to help people stay healthy and living independently in their own homes.

"I'm particularly pleased that the report strongly emphasises the vital role family carers play and that they must be better supported in future."

Source: Labour

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