Dr John Doddy writes: Please find attached the latest article [in the Nottingham Post] by myself exploring the integration of the health and social care budgets. Imagine GP consortiums owning their own homes for nursing care, residential care and dementia care etc. Imagine one budget.
The original split of health and social care budgets came on July 5, 1948, when Aneurin Bevin created the NHS.
It was based on three core principles – that it met the needs of everyone, that it was free at the point of delivery, and that it was based on clinical need and not on the ability to pay.