It’s emerged NHS bosses in Northamptonshire have allowed money to be spent on a satnav, clothes, an iRobot cleaner and even a summer house.
Pulse magazine says the Nene Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Corby have also agreed that personal budgets – which are for people with long-term conditions – can also be spent on things like summer holidays and even a food processor.
The two orgnanisaitons spent £2.55 million between them on personal health budgets for 161 patients.
From this, some money was spent on a family holiday to allow a patient to “re-establish relations” with their children while another went on holiday with a dog.
Cash was also spent on a satnav, new clothes, an iRobot cleaner and the construction of a summer house so one patient could have “their own space”.
Further money was spent on hydrotherapy, shiatsu, Indian head massages, art classes and kitchen equipment, including a food processor.
A spokesman told Connect FM the money was to achieve outcomes that “focus on improving an individual’s health and wellbeing.”
He added; “All personal health budgets are clinically agreed and monitored.”
Pulse used the Freedom of Information Act to find out how much was spent in 2014/15 on personal health budgets for health groups across the UK.