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Choice in the NHS is limited to waiting times, BMA chief says

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7478.1305-a (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1305
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    The government is using “patient choice” as a means to drive down costs and introduce competition between the NHS and other care providers, the BMA told MPs this week.

    James Johnson, chairman of the BMA Council, told the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee that the government's claims to be giving patients more choice was in practice limited to a small area of policy: the reduction of waiting times for inpatients.

    From December 2005 patients will be given a choice of hospitals for elective treatment, …

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