The Department of Health has published the results of the January 2007 national patient choice survey for England, which reveal that 45 per cent of patients recalled being offered a choice of hospitals for their first outpatient appointment.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI, monitored patient awareness of choice and aims to provide a national overview of choice at primary care trust level.

The findings show that 36 per cent of patients were aware before they visited their GP that they had a choice of hospitals for their first appointment, up 1 per cent from the November survey.

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