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NHS: Internet

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much independent hospitals have paid to appear on the NHS Choices website in the latest period for which figures are available. (241426)

The NHS Choices service receives no payment from any organisation in order to be listed on the NHS Choices website.

Since 1 April 2008, all patients needing elective care are entitled to choose from any provider meeting the national health service eligibility criteria, which include clinical and financial standards. This includes NHS foundation trusts, NHS acute trusts and a large number of independent sector providers and their hospitals. The information provided on NHS Choices aims to support this choice by listing details of eligible providers and key comparison information.