Government announces 200,000 people can choose care with personal health budgets

Credit: Department of Health and Social Care

People with mental health needs, autism, learning disabilities, wheelchair users and those receiving adult social care, will gain more power to choose the type of care they receive, as part of government plans to give up to 200,000 people personal health budgets.

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced its plan to grant personal health budgets to up to 200,000 people by 2024.

The budgets are intended to give people greater control over their care with money that supports a person’s identified care needs. These budgets are agreed between the individual and their NHS team or healthcare professional.

Caroline Dinenage, care minister, said: “I’ve seen first-hand how personal health budgets can give people a new lease of life, granting them the ability to enjoy their lives to the full.

“These budgets help to join up health and social care services, improving people’s experiences and outcomes while ensuring value for money for taxpayers.

“We are therefore extending access so many more people can benefit, a key part of our NHS Long Term Plan which will see personalised care become the norm for millions more.”

Increasing access to personal health budgets is part of the NHS Long Term Plan, which aims to extend personalised care to 2.5 million by 2024.

The announcement follows a consultation on extending the right to a personal health budget last year, launched by the Department and NHS England.

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