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Personal health budgets scheme receives funding commitment

26th September 2012

The Department of Health has announced that 1.5 million pounds has been earmarked for its personal health budgets initiative, which is currently being piloted.

Under the new scheme, patients will be given greater control and choice over how their care is managed and administered, allowing them to ensure their needs are met.

The pilot programme is being carried out among more than 60 primary care trusts and involves patients with complex care needs enrolled in the NHS Continuing Healthcare scheme, as well as those with long-term conditions such as diabetes, respiratory problems and neurological disease.

An evaluation of these pilots will be carried out in the autumn, with the 1.5 million pounds to be used to support the first stage of a potential rollout.

Care and support minister Norman Lamb said: "Giving those with complex health needs the control of how to spend money on their care gives them and their doctors the flexibility to try innovative new approaches to achieve better health outcomes."

The government has previously stated that it wishes to give patients receiving continuing healthcare support from the NHS the right to ask for a personal health budget by April 2014.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801457655-ADNFCR

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