Mapping choice in the NHS: cross sectional study of routinely collected data

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One of the government's key objectives is to increase patient choice in the NHS. Mike Damiani and colleagues describe the findings of a study to identify where in England there are likely to be the most constraints on choice of hospital for patients waiting longer than six months for elective care. The results show that most people in England already have an extensive potential choice of hospital, but there are great variations. Overall, people in the south east outside of London, East Anglia and parts of the south west are likely to have to travel further than those elsewhere to exercise meaningful choice of hospital for elective care.

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