Patients need to be more aware of choice, survey finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 08 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5069
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

Nearly half of patients using the NHS are not aware of their legal right to choose a hospital or clinic, and just under half of those referred for an outpatient appointment had not previously discussed with their GP where to receive treatment, a survey has found.

The survey of more than 2700 patients, conducted for NHS England and the health regulator Monitor, looked at the number of patients whose GPs offered such choices. Less than two fifths of patients …

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