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Less than half of NHS patients recall being offered hospital choice

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The NHS has made limited progress since May on offering patients a choice of hospital to go to for their first outpatient appointment, according to figures released by the Department of Health today.

Latest figures show that the percentage of patients who recalled being offered a choice of hospital only increased 1% to 46% in July compared to May.

Two thirds of patient who were offered choice were able to go to the hospital they wanted – the same figure as in May.

Just over three quarters of patients also said that they were satisfied with how long they had to wait from the time their GP referred them to when they saw the hospital specialist.

The Department of Health figures also showed that 74% of patients cited hospital cleanliness and low infection rates as one of the most important factors when choosing a hospital.

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