Wednesday, 9 July 2014


Patients handed money from NHS to fund treatments The Guardian reports that billions of pounds of NHS and council budgets are to be given to vulnerable patients to buy health and social care services in the community. Simon Stevens, the new chief executive of NHS England, told the paper that the elderly, disabled children and those with serious mental illness or learning disabilities will from next April be offered individual pots of money to spend as they wish on health and social care services such as carers, physiotherapists and psychotherapy sessions. Mr Stevens said that “north of five million patients” could each have a personal combined health and social care budget by 2018. “We are going to set out the biggest offer to bring health and social care together that there's been since 1948; a new option for combining them at the level of the individual,” he said. The Guardian

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