Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has attacked the 'myth' that the choose and book programme to boost patient choice in the NHS is not working properly.

Taking questions from the audience at health seminar hosted by the Social Market Foundation, she was challenged over claims that not all patients were being given the choice of hospitals under the choose and book plans.

Ms Hewitt said there were 'lots of myths' surrounding the programme and patients could already choose from 50 different hospitals, with a choice of over 200 by July.

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has attacked the 'myth' that the choose and book programme to boost patient choice in the NHS is not working properly.

Taking questions from the audience at health seminar hosted by the Social Market Foundation, she was challenged over claims that not all patients were being given the choice of hospitals under the choose and book plans.

Ms Hewitt said there were 'lots of myths' surrounding the programme and patients could already choose from 50 different hospitals, with a choice of over 200 by July.