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Plan for patient budgets is beyond belief

I find the Government's plans for patients to hold personal NHS budgets unbelievable ('Patients to take control of personal budgets as pilots get under way').

No doubt this will be incredibly time-consuming and time is a GP's most precious resource - although the powers that be seem to think we have a never-ending supply.

Do sick 'customers' really need the extra stress of having to manage budgets that will involve assessing the cost-effectiveness of various treatments when they haven't even been to medical school?

What happens to a patient who blows their budget early on and then requires further care? Do we refuse treatment? Is that ethical? Surely these pilots are doomed to fail, unless only the savings are counted, not the reduction in quality of care or the extra stress for doctor and patient.

From Dr Robin Wong, Cliveden, Berkshire

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