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Less than half of NHS patients are being offered a choice of hospital

Published on 19/10/2011

The latest report on patient choice from Department of Health reveals that less than half of NHS patients are being offered a choice of hospital, compared to 60% of patients in the private health sector.

Despite all patients in England having a right to choose their hospital, the growth of the number of NHS patients being sent to private providers via Choose and Book slowed dramatically in 2011.

Obtained by management consultancy Candesic, the figures also show that only 1% of NHS patients receive treatment from a private provider.

This follows the discovery from Coorporation and Competition Panel (CCP) that the NHS is imposing caps on the number of patients a private provider can treat. NHS managers were also found to be blocking GPs from offering patients the choice of ‘any willing provider’ for routine operations.

CCP has made numerous recommendations to the Government to increase transparency about restrictions on choice, particularly after it was revealed that NHS Trusts had been imposing minimum waiting times on certain procedures.

Patients with private health insurance are guaranteed treatment in a private hospital of their choice, at a time of their choice. We offer a free comprehensive private hospital database showing which policies cover each individual hospital.

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