Personal health budgets may be spent on “laptops and travel passes”BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2155 (Published 19 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2155
- Matthew Limb
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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