Personal health budgets may be spent on “laptops and travel passes”

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 19 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2155
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Personal health budgets will give people more control over their care needs, but there should not be an “open ended system of entitlement,” says a senior health official.

Andrew Sanderson, deputy head of the NHS Commissioning Unit, said that once the initiative was rolled out across England there would have to be a way to manage demand.

“It will be important to hold to the principle of people managing cash limited budgets,” he said.

Mr Sanderson was speaking at a Westminster Health Forum seminar on the implementation of personal health budgets, held in London on 15 March.

Early findings from pilot schemes, he said, showed that budget users …

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