Acute Hospital Services

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:54 pm on 21st February 2007.

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Photo of Howard Stoate Howard Stoate Labour, Dartford 1:54 pm, 21st February 2007

I grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way, particularly after his warms words about me. I think that I am right in saying that I am the only person present who uses the choose and book system. I use it regularly and the only thing that I find wrong with it is that there are not yet enough specialties for which we can use choose and book. The faster it expands and becomes universal for all referrals, the better. I can now sit down with one of my patients, go through every available hospital in my district and tell them precisely how long each waiting list is for each consultant. It cannot get much better. It needs to improve, but the basic system is very effective.