English patients will be able to go anywhere in England for hip operations

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 19 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:821
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    Patients in England who need a hip replacement will be able to choose surgery anywhere in the country from this July.

    The announcement, made last week by the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, means that ministers will meet their pledge to provide a nationwide choice of hospital for elective orthopaedic surgery a year ahead of schedule.

    Currently all patients needing any routine surgery are able to choose from four local hospitals, 34 foundation trusts, and 15 independent sector providers.

    The news came as Ms Hewitt announced this summer's launch of NHS Choices, which …

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