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Patients get four choices for NHS treatments

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7532.8-d (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:8

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  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    GPs making referrals for elective treatment now have to offer patients a choice of four providers, under changes that started on 2 January. New information leaflets have been prepared by the Department of Health, setting out which local treatment centres offer the services required by a patient. The leaflets include tables about performance, such as waiting times, rates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, and cancelled operations.

    Not all areas will offer the choice of an independent sector provider. Instead the selection will depend on which centres the local primary care trust chooses to commission. In Eastern Leicester, for example, …

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