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NHS personal health budgets spent on 'patient treats'



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NHS personal health budgets spent on 'patient treats'

Post by Kitkat on Tue 01 Sep 2015, 10:55


'Pulse, a magazine for GPs, used the Freedom of Information Act to find out how personal health budgets were spent in England in 2014-15'

Thousands of pounds from NHS "personal health budgets" are spent on "treats" such as holidays and clothes.

Pulse magazine said money had also gone on horse riding, art classes, massage, and, in one case, a summer house.

Full responses were obtained from 33 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) out of 209 :

  • In Northamptonshire, £2.55m was spent on personal health budgets for 161 patients, including on a sat-nav, new clothes, and the construction of a summer house so one patient could have "their own space"
  • In Cornwall, £267,000 was spent on five people, including £2,080 on aromatherapy, £248 on horse riding and £7 on hiring pedalo
  • In Stoke-on-Trent, £114,000 was spent between 115 patients, including money for a Wii Fit computer game and more than £1,000 on music lessons
  • The highest spend per patient was found in West Sussex, where £2.6m was divided among 44 people

Full report:

    Current date/time is Fri 22 Sep 2017, 00:06