Log In
Thursday 24th May 2018

NHS patients to be given budget

19th January 2009

The government has said it will give patients the ability to control their personal budgets in order to allow them to select which healthcare services they need.

A4C Coins

Lord Darzi made the plans public on 16 January. The new legislation could begin to be trialled in England in 2009.

The idea of a patient controlling their own budget has been in use in social care for almost 15 years and is used by over 60,000 people.

If the new Health Bill goes through then some parts of the country will trial the scheme over a four year period. It is believed that people with chronic illness could find the scheme particularly helpful.

MPs are investigating how the scheme could be extended in order to help patients who could customise the care on offer to provide the services that apply most to them, such as transport or home care.

Steve Barnett, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said there was increasing proof that patients who had involvement in "decisions about treatment" showed positive results but questions needed to be asked.

"Should patients be allowed to spend their personal budgets on non-cost-effective treatments?" he said. "Should individuals be allowed to 'top-up' their care [with private treatments]? Should patients be allowed to invest personal budgets to be spent at a later date?"

"Personal health budgets could revolutionise the way in which care is delivered, but they are not without risks."


Share this page


There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!

Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Article Information

Title: NHS patients to be given budget
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 9870
Date Added: 19th Jan 2009


The Times

Recent Related Articles

Surgery delays leaving patients in pain

Backlog of 'on hold' patients checked at trust

Fatal ward attacks on patients

Wearable tech for stoke patients


Add to scrapbook
Show Comments
Add comment
Find all related articles


M3 - For secure managed hosting over N3 or internet
© Mayden Foundation 2018