Steve Iliff and Jill Manthorpe did a good job of synthesising the Barker and Burstow reports in this editorial. However I am unclear to what they are referring in their final sentence with the sweeping statement that recent Labour Party proposals on "whole person care" were generally received negatively. I am not a member of the Labour Party but our independent report for them on how to implement whole person care "One Person, One Team,One System" received considerable public support from a wide spectrum of organisations. These included amongst others, National Voices, Alzheimer's Society, Age UK, Kings Fund, Local government Association, ADAS, NHS Confederation, FTN. NAPC, RCN, RCGP, RCS , RCP, etc. etc. This is as well as privately expressed support from individual leaders in the NHS and care system. In short they got that bit wrong.
Competing interests: Chairman of Independent Commission on Whole Person Care