Health bosses defend PHB spending

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Health bosses defend PHB spending

Health bosses in Northamptonshire are defending their actions after it was revealed NHS cash was being spent on treats for patients.

A report shows officials at the Nene and Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups agreed that money from Personal Health Budgets could go towards buying a range of non-medical items.

Pulse magazine says the treats included a satnav, clothes and even a summer house – so one patient could have “their own space”.

Further money was spent on hydrotherapy, massages, art classes and kitchen equipment, including a food processor.

In a statement to Connect FM, they say the money was used to achieve outcomes that “focus on improving an
individual’s health and wellbeing.”

A spokesman also told us that; “All personal health budgets are clinically agreed and monitored.”

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