NHS social care: how to make those who would benefit pay for radical improvements

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The party conferences have all featured commitments to the NHS, and there appears to be no doubting the sincerity of politicians’ desires to maintain a comprehensive health service free at the point of use.

But the predictable and understandable reluctance to talk about higher taxation before the election means that the funding challenge facing the NHS is not being adequately addressed.

An independent commission established by The King’s Fund, which I chaired, went beyond talking about the NHS to look afresh at the 1948 settlement, which cemented the historic divide between health and social care.

Read the full article on the Barker Commission