Friday, 6 May 2016

Personal budgets don't work. So why are we ignoring the evidence?

Personal budgets don't work. So why are we ignoring the evidence? There has never been enough funding for personal budgets – so they can’t possibly meet all service users’ needs.

The recent report on personal budgets (pdf) by the National Audit Office (NAO) has created a stir, not least because it was published as official enthusiasm for the budgets seems to be accelerating. Already available in the NHS for people with long-term conditions, personal maternity care budgets are now being proposed as a route for choice in child birth. Yet if there is one thing the NAO report confirms, it is that the evidence base for personal budgets in both health and social care is uncertain.

David Brindle, public services editor at the Guardian, has already written about how the report suggests that “the Department of Health’s monitoring of the impact of personalisation in social care is so poor that it is impossible to draw any firm conclusions about the way personal budgets are working”. Continue reading... The Guardian

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