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Family Practitioner Services: Surveys

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients are to be surveyed for the NHS’s general practitioner patient survey on hospital choice to be provided by Ipsos MORI. (123971)

Questionnaires have been distributed to all general practices with a request that they be distributed to all patients referred by their general practitioners (GPs) between 16 January and 30 March 2007 for a first out-patient appointment where the choice policy applies. In some cases, the need for rapid access to diagnosis and treatment may be judged by the GP to override choice-at-referral policy, for example in cases of chest pain or suspected cancer. In other cases, such as maternity or mental health, other kinds of choice may be more likely to improve the patient experience.