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Gordon Brown set to reform community healthcare

Gordon Brown will promise a “personalised” revolution in health and social care today, with one-to-one support at home for all cancer patients.

In a major pre-general election speech, the Prime Minister will insist that “take it or leave it” public services are no longer good enough, and people want provision that is “responsive to their choices”.

“In the NHS as well as through a new national care service we want to extend the offer of care in the home,” Mr Brown will say.

“Choice, control and personalisation is not just something for the young — the choices people make later in their lives might be different, but the right to a choice, to personalised care is just as important if not more so.”

Addressing an audience at health think-tank the King's Fund, Mr Brown will pledge a broad reform of community healthcare, giving people the option of chemotherapy and dialysis without having to travel to a clinic or hospital.

It would also be easier to access palliative care and care for the elderly at home.

Committing to ensure that within the next five years 1.6 million cancer sufferers have access to one-to-one nursing care in their homes, Mr Brown is to say: “When faced with the fears and uncertainties of a serious illness, dedicated nursing, such as that provided by Macmillan nurses, has the potential to transform the experience of care for the patient and their family too.

“At the centre of our vision to transform community services will be a commitment to dedicated nursing for those who need it.”

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