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Medical Treatments: Information Services

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that patients have timely access to all information that they need to make informed decisions about their treatment. (204834)

The NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk), launched in June 2007, is the Department’s and national health services’ public facing online service. The service already receives over 2 million visits per month and provides convenient, timely access for patients to information on treatment decisions.

NHS Choices is for, the first time and in one place, bringing together and making easily accessible to patients comparative information on NHS and independent hospitals. Through its ‘Your Thoughts’ facility, it is giving patients the opportunity to comment on treatment received—and providers the opportunity to respond. In addition, the website enables patients to have access to the same high quality evidence as doctors about which treatments are most effective.