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NHS and social care should be merged

24th January 2013

Labour has said the NHS and social care budgets in England need to be combined in order to offer sufficient funding to meet the needs of the country’s ageing population.

By pooling the £119bn inti one, they believe it could be used to provide more joined-up care across the hospital, mental health and care sectors, the party believes. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said in a speech that he believed that the current arrangements are outdated with “dangerous” gaps between services putting the vulnerable at risk.

 

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