Put patient power at heart of future NHS, says commission on whole person care

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1942
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Patients should be given more help to manage their own conditions, play an active role in shaping their local services, and be enabled to live at home safely, with the NHS and social care services collaborating more closely and sharing budgets, a report on the future of the NHS has recommended.

John Oldham, chairman of the Independent Commission on Whole Person Care, said that the recommendations in his report “focus on helping people stay well, manage their illnesses and promote their independence.”

A GP and former national director at the Department of Health for England, Oldham said in the introduction to the report that “a new radical approach is needed for the next parliament to put the health and care system back on track.”1 The report was commissioned by Labour’s shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham, last May.

Although Oldham did not say that the current structure of the NHS was right, he believes …

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