During March 2007 a total of 283,149 general practitioner referrals to first consultant-led out-patient services were made through the choose and book system. This equates to 38 per cent. of first out-patient referrals nationally, and represents a range of between 8 per cent. and 91 per cent. for different primary care trusts.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 13 March 2007, Official Report, column 317W.
I refer the hon. Member to the response given on 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 141-42W.