DoH to trial personal health budgets

The first trials of personal health budgets in England were announced today.

Lord Ara Darzi (Photograph: JH Lancy)
Lord Ara Darzi (Photograph: JH Lancy)

A total of 68 projects across England will give patients their own budget to decide which services they use and who provides them.
At first the budgets will be held by a third party or the PCT on the patient’s behalf. 

The DoH hopes to trial direct cash payments for healthcare later in the year, dependent on parliamentary approval of new legislation in the Health Bill.

Health minister Lord Darzi said there was ‘real energy and enthusiasm’ for this scheme after its success in social care.

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