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NHS England and Monitor have published the results of an annual online survey about patients’ experience of their legal right around choice of outpatient appointment.
This year’s survey, carried out by Populus, interviewed 6,989 adults in England of which 2,729 had been referred for an outpatient appointment by their GP within the last year. It shows that 40 per cent of patients say there were offered a choice of hospital or clinic for their first outpatient appointment, an increase of two per cent from last year.
The survey helps provide a useful insight into where improvements are needed to promote choice in the NHS and can be viewed here.