Health Services: Finance

Health written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people in each primary care trust area (a) have been assessed for a personal health budget, (b) are in receipt of payment from a personal health budget, (c) have declined to use a personal health budget and (d) are awaiting assessment for a personal health budget.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health

70 pilot sites are now testing personal health budgets. A full list of pilot sites is available from the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/Highqualitycareforall/DH_090018

The sites are currently in the process of developing their proposals further, and so the majority are not yet at the stage of offering personal budgets to individuals.

During this programme, pilot sites have selected the conditions and groups they wish to include, based on their local circumstances. The number of people involved will also be decided locally, as sites develop their proposals.

However, as we said in 'NHS 2010-15: From good to great', in the longer term our ambition is that everyone who could benefit from a personal health budget should be offered one. A copy of the publication has already been placed in the Library. While this will be informed by the outcome of the evaluation, this could ultimately mean that millions of national health service patients will benefit.

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