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Barker & Burstow’s care packages for England

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5879

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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

08 October 2014
John Oldham
Professor Global Health Innovation
Imperial college London