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Health: Hospital Treatment

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What arrangements exist with the devolved Administrations so that patients, for example in Scotland, may choose treatment in an English hospital, or vice versa. [HL3486]

Arrangements are predicated on the existence of a contract between the local commissioning authority (primary care trust in England or health board in Scotland) and the healthcare provider. However, the opportunity for a patient to choose where their primary care professional refers them for a first outpatient appointment, including access to the Choosing Your Hospital National Menu, exists only for National Health Service patients resident in England. Similar arrangements exist for NHS patients in Wales.