Personal health budgets are to be piloted in England this summer

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 20 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b210
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The government has announced new legislation that will allow funds to be given to patients so that they can directly purchase their own healthcare services. Pilot schemes of personal health budgets are due to start this summer in selected areas in England.

    The Health Bill 2009 will pass through the House of Lords over the next few months and is the next step in the implementation of the health minister Ara Darzi’s review of the NHS (BMJ 2008;337:a645, doi:10.1136/bmj.a645).

    Commenting on the bill Lord Darzi said, “Building on the experience of social care, the bill allows the further development of ways to give patients greater personalisation and control over the health care services they receive.”

    The Department of Health said that there will be three broad categories of personal budget. The first is a notional personal budget where patients are given a …

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