The national health service operating framework for 2006-07 set a target that 90 per cent. of general practitioners referrals to first consultant-led outpatient services should be made through the choose and book system by March 2007. This was reconfirmed in the Operating Framework for 2007-08 with the aim of moving towards a position where choose and book is the standard safe and secure method for all referrals.
90 per cent utilisation by the end of March 2007 is set to be achieved in a number of primary care trusts, but not in aggregate for England as a whole.
51 of 71 general practices within Bedfordshire Primary Care Trust area are live with Choose and Book, and are making bookings. This represents some 72 per cent. of the total.