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An emergency conference on social care for the elderly is to take place today, chaired by Health Secretary for England Andy Burnham. The Conservatives, who broke off from private cross party discussions last week, are not expected to attend.

The conference will examine Scotland's social care system which boasts cross party support.

Prof Allyson Pollock, director of the Centre for international Public Health Policy at Edinburgh University, explains what can be learnt from Scotland's approach to social care.

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