Choose and Book System

Health written question – answered on 25th May 2006.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) GPs and (b) GP practices have (i) registered to use and (ii) indicated an interest in using the new"choose and book" system for hospital appointments from (A) within and (B) outside the pilot areas.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

holding answer 24 April 2006

As at 15 May 2006, 35,577 (97 per cent.) of general practitioners (GPs) had registered to use the "choose and book" service and been issued with chip and pin style "smartcards" to enable them to do so.

As at 16 May 2006, 5,073 (60 per cent.) GP practices had gone live with the 'choose and book' service, defined as having made at least one booking.

As at 17 May 2006, over 344,000 referrals had been made through the "choose and book" service. These bookings come from 300 of the 303 primary care trusts (PCTs) in England, which demonstrates a significantly larger usage of the system than the six PCTs that were "early adopters" or pilots of "choose and book".

The implementation team is now in the process of rolling out the system nationally across England.

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