4 December 2012

RCGP Response to Government Announcement on Personal Health Budgets

RCGP Chair offers response

RCGP Chair Dr Clare Gerada said:

"Personal health budgets, used in the right circumstances, have the potential to improve patient care and deliver care tailored to patient needs. They can help improve shared decision making and can provide patients with the opportunity to access different services that are better suited to their personal circumstances. But these benefits will be lost, unless they are introduced in the right way.

"The RCGP welcomes the approach of a gradual rollout but urges the Government to proceed with caution and to guard against using personal health budgets as a way of cutting costs in healthcare and services or of introducing 'capped' budgets. The principle of care being free at the point of use and according to need must be at the heart of the new regulations around their rollout ."

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