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Patient Choice Schemes

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take for implementing a patient's right to make choices about their health-care through statutory directions to primary care trusts; and whether those directions will be published. (295502)

The primary care trusts ‘Choice of Secondary Care Provider Directions 2009’ were published alongside the NHS Constitution on 21 January 2009 and came into effect on 1 April 2009. The directions place a number of new duties on primary care trusts, including a duty to make arrangements to ensure that patients who need an elective referral are offered a choice of any clinically appropriate provider. The directions have been placed in the Library.