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Some NHS personal health budgets are spent on holidays and hobbies

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4691 (Published 02 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4691
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

NHS personal health budgets have been used to buy things such as holidays, horse riding lessons, and video game consoles, a freedom of information request has found.

The details were published by the general practitioners’ magazine Pulse after a request to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England.1 Other examples of services purchased to date included art classes, music lessons, massages, and a summer house.

Personal health budgets were first piloted in the NHS in 20092 and were subsequently rolled out across England in 2014 to offer patients …

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