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NHS hands 50,000 people control of their own care

More than 50,000 people have taken charge of their own care after being handed control of how their NHS funding is spent.

Personal health budgets can be used to purchase personalised wheelchairs, assistance dogs and respite care to manage complex health problems, as well as tech devices that can control curtains, lighting, heating and door intercoms to help people live independent lives.

The rollout of the budgets across the country is two years ahead of scheme and being ramped up further as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.