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Supporters of “personal budgets” for patients with long term conditions need to proselytise, minister says

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h503 (Published 29 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h503
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Personal budgets are the future of healthcare for large numbers of patients in England, the minister responsible for them told a Westminster Health Forum seminar in London on 27 January.

Norman Lamb, the minister of state for care and support, said that the Health and Social Care Act 2012 had enshrined the concepts of control and freedom in healthcare and social care: control over budgets and freedom for the individual to choose the most appropriate care package. “And I expect these concepts to be honoured and valued,” he added. “They will make people’s lives better and save millions of pounds.”

So far personal budgets are much more firmly established in social care, where some 650 000 …

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