Public awareness of the ability to choose a hospital for a referral remains relatively low, although more patients say they are being offered choice and four in five of those are happy with the process, according to a poll by Ipsos MORI.

The results of the September 2006 national patient choice survey of 70,000 people shows that just 32 per cent of patients were aware of choice before they visited their GP - unchanged from July. Headline figures from the November survey show a jump to 38 per cent.

Read the survey results here

Public awareness of the ability to choose a hospital for a referral remains relatively low, although more patients say they are being offered choice and four in five of those are happy with the process, according to a poll by Ipsos MORI.

The results of the September 2006 national patient choice survey of 70,000 people shows that just 32 per cent of patients were aware of choice before they visited their GP - unchanged from July. Headline figures from the November survey show a jump to 38 per cent.

Read the survey results here