- Krishna Chinthapalli
Personal health budgets will become available to 56 000 people in England with long term healthcare needs over the next 18 months, the Department of Health announced on Friday 30 November.
Norman Lamb, the care and support minister, declared the rollout after a final evaluation report of the scheme by independent researchers. He said, “Independent analysis has now shown that personal health budgets can put people back in control of their care and make a significant different to their quality of life. It’s inspiring to hear the human stories of success that these budgets have brought to people.”
One such story was that of Nikki, a young woman with Still’s disease. In an interview with the health department she recounted how she had previously been forced to go to hospital for any flare-ups. Now she spends her budget on flexible daily carers to help with the immediate management of a potential flare-up. “For me, having the …