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Patient Choice Schemes

Health written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the operation of the Choose and Book system in South East London.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department has not undertaken a specific assessment of the effectiveness of the operation of choose and book in South East London. If required, this would be the responsibility of the local primary care trusts. In March 2008, choose and book utilisation in South East London was 33 per cent., compared with a London average of 39 per cent. and a national average of 45 per cent.

South East London includes Bromley, Greenwich Teaching, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Bexley primary care trusts.

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