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Document Type: Report
Title: A review of patient choice in the NHS
Authors: Lang, Susan
Wainwright, Charles E. R.
Sehdev, Kamal
Issue Date: 2004
Abstract: By December 2005 National Health Service (NHS) patients who may require elective surgery will be offered a choice of four to five hospitals at the referral stage, as part of the government’s vision for a responsive, patient-centric health service. The Healthcare Management Research Group of Cranfield Postgraduate Medical School has been working with Bedford Hospital NHS Trust to evaluate the possible implications of patient choice, and this document provides an overview of the current situation and predicted changes. During February and March 2004 a number of meetings were held with key NHS stakeholders, including Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and General Practitioners (GPs) in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire, and also the Department of Health in London. Conclusions from these interviews form the core of the research and are reinforced by a literature review of academic papers, news articles, books, government guidelines and opinion surveys. In particular, the process by which PCTs commission secondary care providers is assessed and the nine pilot schemes are evaluated. The Department of Health’s report on pilots also provides a valuable insight into the practicalities of offering choice. Lessons learned from healthcare systems around the world are compared with current policy in the NHS, and finally there is critique of the challenges to the implementation of cho
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