Patient Choice Schemes

Health written question – answered on 6th July 2010.

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Photo of David Tredinnick David Tredinnick Conservative, Bosworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Choose and Book system in widening patient choice.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The February 2010 'National Patient Choice Survey', published on 30 June, shows that of those patients offered a choice of hospital, 73% booked their appointment through Choose and Book. The choice of date and time varied by method of booking, with 26% of those who booked when the hospital contacted them being offered a choice of date and time, compared with 41% of those booked through Choose and Book in the surgery, 56% of those calling an appointments line and 85% of those booking via Choose and Book on the internet.

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