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NHS to introduce direct payment programme

30th June 2010

The NHS is to launch a new direct payment initiative in eight primary care trusts (PCTs), a move designed to allow patients to manage their own healthcare provision.

Under the terms of this initiative, the trusts will be able give money allocated for patient care directly to the individual via instalments or a lump sum, with more PCTs set to be authorised to undertake the scheme in the coming year.

This pilot scheme will enable patients to choose how to manage their own healthcare, using the funding provided to pay for therapy, purchase medical equipment or arrange flexible care.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said this will make UK health provision less rigid and provide more choice, as well as potentially deliver better outcomes.

He added: “This is an important step towards putting patients at the heart of everything the NHS does.”

The need for more patient-centric care was recently underlined by health secretary Andrew Lansley in a speech at the NHS Confederation annual conference, where he also highlighted the importance of devolving more power to frontline staff.

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