The new initiative of the UK National Health Service (NHS) is designed to "give power back to the patients" and reduce the burden on emergency services. According to a new initiative called "to return power back into the hands of patients", very soon 350 thousand patients of the National Health Service of Great Britain will receive money to pay for their treatment, which can amount to tens of thousands of pounds. To date, approximately 23 thousand people received money by a similar scheme, but calls for increasing this number are very loud. The initiative will give incapacitated people, patients with mental illness and dementia the right to choose and pay for the treatment they want or need. After complaining about that NHS cannot satisfactorily support the health of thousands of war veterans and people who use wheelchairs, they were promised to get money for their treatment.
The innovation will give patients, especially those who suffer from long-term illnesses, the right to choose and pay for treatment that can improve their health. People who are eligible to this help will be able to receive money on their account, third party account or leave to the control of NHS. As for children and people unable to manage money, parents or guardians will be able to manage the funds. The decision was supported by the Minister of Health, Jeremy Hunt, and the Chief Executive Officer of NHS, Simon Stevens. The initiative will be finaly issued later this year, when the government announces changes in health care and social assistance.