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ANdy BurNhAM Mp

A vISIoN of whole perSoN
cAre for A 21St ceNtury
heAlth ANd cAre ServIce


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The Fabian Society

The Fabian Society is Britain’s oldest political think tank.
Since 1884 the Society has played a central role in developing
political ideas and public policy on the left.

Through a wide range of publications and events the Society
influences political and public thinking, but also provides a
space for broad and open-minded debate, drawing on an
unrivalled external network and its own expert research
and analysis.

The Society is alone among think tanks in being a
democratically-constituted membership organisation, with
almost 7,000 members. During its history the membership
has included many of the key thinkers on the British left
and every Labour Prime Minister. Today it counts over
200 parliamentarians in its number. Member-led activity
includes 70 local Fabian societies, the Scottish and Welsh
Fabians, the Fabian Women’s Network and the Young
Fabians, which is itself the leading organisation on the left
for young people to debate and influence political ideas.

The Society was one of the original founders of the Labour
Party and is constitutionally affiliated to the party. It is
however editorially, organisationally and financially
independent and works with a wide range of partners of all
political persuasions and none.

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Empowering Patients


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5 | The PubliC healTh Challenge
Gabriel Scally

The NHS will be overwhelmed by growing demands for healthcare
unless prevention becomes a priority. But improving public health
is often long term, leaving the agenda at risk from short-termism
and the silo mentality of Whitehall departments. However, there
are rock-solid arguments why investment in public health action
– from smoking to tackling the housing crisis to creating a new
culture of food and drink – will deliver for the public purse.

It was Cicero who wrote ‘Salus populi suprema lex esto’: the health of the people should be the supreme law. It would a pretty good slogan for a government that
wants to tackle some of the major public health problems
that face the population. Dealing effectively with health
inequalities, obesity, alcohol abuse and tobacco requires
a firm and focussed approach across government if pro-
gress is to be made. The balancing of competing interests,
many of them driven by the profit motive, while putting
the interests of the public first, is a task that only a Labour
government seems capable of achieving.

The payback would be enormous. A healthier popula-
tion means a lower burden on the taxpayer from healthcare
costs and sickness benefits and it also means lower costs on
business from sickness absence and incapacity. Much more
importantly, it gives people happier, longer lives with less

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Published with the financial
support of the European
ISBN 000 0 0000 0000 0

Kindly supported by Age UK
ISBN 978 0 7163 4119 2

Whole person care – integrating physical, social and
mental care in a preventative and person-centred system – is
potentially Labour’s big idea to go into the 2015 election
with. The concept has already gained wide support among
health professionals, policy experts, campaigners, practitioners
and political advocates, who have united to welcome the
approach. However, big questions remain around how to
turn it from an interesting idea into a credible programme for

To inform the development of the whole person care agenda,
Andy Burnham MP, the shadow health secretary, brings
together a range of independent experts to explore the policy
implications of integrated health and social care. Their essays do
not represent Labour party policy, but outline the key areas that
will need to be addressed in order to develop a coherent and
effective ‘whole person’ approach to health and social care.

whole perSoN cAre for A
21St ceNtury heAlth ANd
cAre ServIce

Edited by Andy Burnham MP
Foreword by Joan Bakewell

With chapters by Caroline
Abrahams, Alastair Campbell,
Angela Coulter, Clare Gerada,
Richard Hawkes, Karen Jennings,
James Lloyd, Michelle Mitchell,
Sir Michael Rawlins, Mary Riddell
and Gabriel Scally

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