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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Lifestyle budget


Patients 'should have own budgets'
By Celia Hall, Medical Editor
Last Updated: 2:52am BSTĀ 24/10/2006

Alan Milburn, the former health secretary and architect of many of the health service changes, called yesterday for patients with long-term conditions to be given their own budgets.
His idea could mean that patients with asthma or heart problems could choose to take an NHS package or decide how to spend the money themselves.
A similar scheme has been introduced in social care in which disabled and older people buy their own support rather than relying on the local council.
"The Department of Health is currently piloting individual budgets for a wider range of services," Mr Milburn said.
The Government aims to cover 100,000 patients through the scheme by 2012.
Daily Telegraph

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