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Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Personal health budgets likely to only benefit 'assertive' patients, says expert !
Personal health budgets due to be introduced this year in the NHS are unlikely to improve outcomes as they tend to only benefit ‘assertive’ patients, says a researcher.
Professor Peter Beresford, professor of social policy at Brunel University, told a meeting today that personal health budgets were not a ‘magic bullet’ and they would not be an effective driver for the changes the NHS requires.
In fact the researcher - who has researched widely the personal budgets scheme developed in social care - said as personal health budgets were based on the same model they were ‘unlikely to be any more successful’.
Speaking at the Westminster Health Forum Event on Thursday he said: ‘[The people] benefitting from personal health budgets, are disproportionately people receiving direct payments, who are doing so because they are receiving proportionally more money, and they tend to be, the more confident, supported and assertive people.
So there you have it folks, don't take no for an answer demand those test strips, I did !