Miliband: we need to join up 'fragmented' social care

Ed Miliband has said people with long-term conditions such as dementia or diabetes should be given "whole-person care", instead of services focusing on only one part of the body.

Ed Miliband said the current system meant "too much money is being wasted". Credit: PA

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Labour Leader said patients would benefit from a single, co-ordinated care team rather than being passed between different services.

Patients should have their own tailored care plan and be given access to "a personal care co-ordinator who is on their side and watching their back", Mr Miliband wrote.

It comes as a new report commissioned by Labour calls for the current system to be replaced with one that views a person's health and social care needs together.