Personal Health Budgets for the UK NHS

A Revolution for the Patient?
  • Peter BeresfordEmail author

Despite the efforts the UK government has made to get people to think of health and social care as one integrated policy, the two continue to be understood and treated very differently. Research repeatedly shows that the public has little grasp of social care. On the other hand, politicians know that voters are strongly committed to the UK NHS. Politicians know that a key way in which they will be judged at elections is on how well they are felt to have looked after the NHS. During the years of New Labour, NHS budgets have massively increased. In contrast, social care continues to be seriously underfunded. Social care includes some of the lowest paid public sector workers. Healthcare is home to some of the highest paid and highest status professionals.

Yet in 2008, there was a key coming together of these two major policies, health and social care, the full implications of which have yet to be recognized, let alone addressed. What brought it about was the introduction of a new idea to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Citizen ParticipationBrunel UniversityUxbridgeEngland

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