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Patients get four choices for NHS treatments

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:396

We've again failed to acknowledge the effects of devolution on the organisation of health care in the United Kingdom. In this news article by Rebecca Coombes, we did not clarify that the new legislation requiring general practitioners to offer patients a choice of four providers for elective treatment applies only in England (BMJ 2006;332:8, 7 Jan). And Patricia Hewitt's role is English secretary of state for health; she is not the health secretary for the United Kingdom.


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