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Monday, January 7, 2008

NHS patients told to treat themselves

FROM The Telegraph.CO.UK By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
Millions of people with arthritis, asthma and even heart failure will be urged to treat themselves as part of a Government plan to save billions of pounds from the NHS budget.

The Prime Minister claimed the self-care agenda was about increasing patient choice and "personalised" services.

But an internal Government document seen by The Daily Telegraph makes clear that the policy is a money-saving measure, a key plank of DoH plans to cut costs.

The emphasis on self care was inspired by the success of the Expert Patients Programme, an NHS pilot scheme that offers a six-week training course for people with chronic or long-term conditions.


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