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'Cash for care' rolled out

30th November 2012

Care minister Norman Lamb has unveiled further details of an initiative that will enable thousands of people the opportunity to get funds from their doctors to choose exactly what care they need for their condition or disability.

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The cash will enable some 56,000 people in England with significant health needs to spend it on a range of activities that could include singing lessons and hotel stays.

He said it would put them back in control of their care and allow them to buy the service from whoever they wanted, rather than having the NHS decide.

The initiative, which has been trialled over the last three years, has been welcomed by charities for the elderly and disabled, though concerns remain that some people may misuse the money.

Mr Lamb said: “Independent analysis has now shown that personal health budgets can put people back in control of their care and make a significant difference to their quality of life.

“It’s inspiring to hear the human stories of success that these budgets have brought to people.

“The evaluation shows that those with the greatest needs benefit most from personal health budgets. That’s why we are giving people on NHS continuing healthcare the chance to get one first.”

Examples from the trial include a patient with depression who used the budget to pay for a therapist and to begin a dress-making hobby, a man with chronic lung disease using the cash to pay for singing lessons, while others spent money on theatre visits, hotel stays and haircuts.

 

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