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Patient Choice Schemes

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Choose and Book system is now operational throughout England. (245740)

All national health service hospitals are now using Choose and Book, along with 93 per cent. of general practitioner (GP) practices in England. There are now up to 28,000 bookings taking place every day, and 107,000 referrals every week. Over 10 million referrals having been made using the system.

Choose and Book continues to become the everyday method of referral across the national health service. Around half of all GP referrals to first consultant out-patient appointments are going through Choose and Book, and the number of referrals to other services, including community based services and allied health professionals are increasing steadily.

Choose and Book is easy and convenient to use, and over the last 12 months the national system has been available for use over 99 per cent. of the time.