The Changing Role of the General Practitioner

Dr Clare Gerada

Andy Burnham’s ambitious and timely speech at the King’s Fund, which introduced the idea of whole person care, focused on the vital issue of integration around the patient – bringing health and social care more aligned around the needs of the patient. This approach should be welcomed and I hope other political parties follow suit…


The perils of inflexibility

Robert Tinker

George Osborne has rejected outright the possibility of further tax rises as part of the government’s fiscal consolidation programme. Analysing the forecasts for government borrowing the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) recently said that in order to relieve pressure on departmental budgets the government may need to raise taxes. This would repeat a familiar recent…



Andy Burnham

I will never forget the dispiriting journey of my grandmother through England’s health and care system and the battles my mum fought to get her basic levels of care. Like generations of pensioners, my gran lost her life savings to help fund her care. And like many others, while there were some lovely people, the…

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