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White paper commits UK government to national care service but does not specify funding mechanism

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 31 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1836
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Plans for a comprehensive personal care service for England that is free for all who need it have been unveiled by the UK government, creating what ministers trumpeted as “the biggest change to the welfare state since the creation of the NHS.”

    A white paper unveiled by the health secretary, Andy Burnham, commits Labour to a national care service (NCS) for disabled people and elderly people, mirroring the free healthcare service provided by the NHS, which was set up in 1948.

    At present, those with the funds must pay for their own social care, selling their homes if necessary—a situation Mr Burnham described as “a tax on dementia.”

    But the reforms would not come into effect before 2015, …

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