People could be given budget to create care plan

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PATIENTS across the south of England could be among thousands to be given the freedom to design their own care plan with a personal health budget.

The announcement was made by care and support minister Norman Lamb.

Under the scheme, a personal health budget would be an amount of money given to a person to help them design a package of care and support from clinicians and others.

This means they have more control over the treatment provided, instead of getting care set out by the NHS.

The budget has been piloted for three years in 20 sites across the country, with Oxfordshire being the closest area to Hampshire.

Mr Lamb said: ‘Independent analysis has now shown that personal health budgets can put people back in control of their care and make a significant difference to their quality of life.

‘It’s inspiring to hear stories of success that these budgets have brought to people.’

The roll out will mean by April 2014, up to 56,000 people on the NHS Continuing Healthcare scheme will have the right to ask for a personal health budget.