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Hospital Choice Document

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of (a) publishing and (b) disseminating the publication “Choosing your hospital: National menu—your choice of hospitals across England”; and if she will make a statement. (117272)

“Choosing your hospital: National menu—your choice of hospitals across England” was published in November 2006 on www.nhs.uk. 100,000 hard-copies of the booklet were printed for distribution to general practitioners’ practices and libraries via primary care trusts. The total cost of publication, including the compilation of the necessary information, was £191,000. The cost of distribution was £3,500.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many copies of the publication “Choosing your hospital: National menu—your choice of hospitals across England” were ordered by her Department; by what criteria hospitals were included or excluded from the publication; and whether her Department plans to revise the publication to include all NHS hospitals. (117273)

100,000 copies of the “Choosing your hospital—National Menu” were printed and distributed to primary care trusts for onward distribution to patients via general practitioner practices, other primary care professionals and local libraries.

Hospitals were included in the publication if they were within the extended choice network (ECN) of providers made up of national health service foundation trusts, wave one independent sector treatment centres and other nationally appointed independent sector providers.

Other NHS trusts will become part of the ECN as they gain foundation status. The national menu will be updated accordingly.