A SCHEME to give people 'personal budgets' on their healthcare has been welcomed by MP Caroline Dineage.
Plans have been drawn up by the government to give 350,000 NHS patients funds to pay for their own healthcare.
Currently, only 23,000 NHS users have a personal budget.
Ms Dineage, who is Gosport MP and minister for care, said the move would put the power back into the hands of patients and their families.
Extending the numbers of people in the scheme is part of the government's long term funding plan.
It is designed to allow patients with on-going illnesses such as dementia or learning difficulties the chance to tailor their own care.