Personal health budgets to be expanded under NHS 10-year plan

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The use of personal health budgets will be expanded by the NHS, giving people more control over the care and support they receive.

Personal wheelchair budgets were introduced last year to replace the old wheelchair voucher system, in a move to give people more control over what wheelchairs they use by allowing them to spend NHS money more flexibly.

A similar system is yet to be rolled out across other products and pieces of mobility equipment.

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But the NHS’s new 10-year plan, unveiled today, promises to support ageing and increasing independence by ensuring people have more control over their care and support.

The plan promises to support people to age well by bringing different health and care teams together to make sure older people are getting the support they need to remain independent, avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions.

The plan includes a £20bn investment designed to transform patient care and will target a number of areas designed to reduce the number of people being admitted to hospital.     

With NHS spending in England increasing, extra money will also go to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland under the Barnett formula, which is supposed to ensure every part of the UK gets a fair share of public spending.

The devolved administrations will be able to use this money to improve their own services and develop their own long-term plans.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The launch of the NHS Long Term Plan marks an historic step to secure its future and offers a vision for the service for the next ten years, with a focus on ensuring that every pound is spent in a way that will most benefit patients.

“This will help relieve pressure on the NHS while providing the basis to transform care with world-class treatments. “Backed by our record investment of £20.5 billion a year in real terms by 2023/24, this shows what we can achieve with a strong economy and a focus on people’s priorities.”

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