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Patient Choice Schemes

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of general practitioner referrals to first consultant-led outpatient services were made through the choose and book system in each month since its inception; (195316)

(2) what are the latest available figures for the percentage of general practitioner referrals to first consultant-led outpatient services made through the choose and book system.

April 2006 is officially when the national rollout of choose and book began. National rollout was the commencement of primary care trust trajectory plans. The following table gives the percentage of general practitioner referrals to first outpatient services made through choose and book each month since national roll-out started.

Percentage

April 2006

9

May 2006

13

June 2006

18

July 2006

21

August 2006

25

September 2006

26

October 2006

26

November 2006

30

December 2006

30

January 2007

31

February 2007

37

March 2007

38

April 2007

36

May 2007

35

June 2007

36

July 2007

37

August 2007

37

September 2007

39

October 2007

40

November 2007

41

December 2007

41

January 2008

44