Personal health budgets give people choice and control
Tue, 17 April 2018
The Department of Health and Social Care has opened a consultation on 'extending legal rights to have for personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets' which seeks views on giving more people the right to have personal budgets.
Whilst there has been some criticism of giving patients this responsibilty for their healthcare, National Voices believes personal health budgets give people greater choice and control over their own care.
Commenting on personal health budgets, Andrew McCracken, Head of Communications at National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities said:
“There is growing evidence that personal budgets can improve quality of life for people with long term conditions. They give people choice and control over their care and support, which means they can shape it around their lives and their goals.
“Personal health budgets add value to traditional statutory care. They can actually reduce costs for the health and care system, because the care and support people choose is bespoke to them, their needs and their goals.
In December 2015, National Voices, TLAP, Shared Lives Plus and in Control published a discussion paper outlining why personal health budgets are an integral form of NHS care and an effective method of personalisation.
A 2017 survey of personal budget holders found that 72% rated the choice and control they had over their care and support as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
Andrew McCracken, National Voices’ Head of Communications, 020 3176 0737, firstname.lastname@example.org.