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So patients will be able to spend their personal health budget on ‘treatments’ like homeopathy and air conditioning.

So patients will be able to spend their personal health budget on ‘treatments' like homeopathy and air conditioning.

Some would call this story ‘empowering'. Whereas I would call it ‘hilarious'.

Hilarious, that is, until the standard-issue asthmatic – traditionally wary of dodgy treatments like steroid inhalers, but forever badgering me about, say an air ioniser – turns up to discuss a slight problem with his budget. Specifically, that he's spent all his money and has decided that, in retrospect, those inhalers weren't so bad after all. Certainly better than tincture of camomile and a blast of cold air in the face. So could I sort out an advance on next year's allowance?

Well, I say discuss. But then he's too breathless to talk, so it's a bit of a one-way conversation. I wonder who pays for the ambulance?

Copperfield Copperfield

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