Posts Tagged ‘Patient choice’

More work needed to make ‘choice’ in the NHS a reality for all patients

Too few NHS patients say that they are being offered a choice about where they receive care, indicating that more work needs to be done to promote patient ...

Is patient choice the ultimate NHS myth?

Patient choice. Feedback. Opinions. Patient power. How much do we actually mean it? How much of it is actually possible? How much of it is ticking boxes an...

I really wish I didn’t have to use the ‘local garage’

I knew there was no point in trying to telephone since the number is always engaged, so first thing in the morning I popped into my local garage. It is a s...

PCTs accused of bias against private sector

Evidence is emerging that some PCTs are rebelling against plans to create greater competition in the NHS. Many English trusts are introducing steps that...

Let’s raise quality for everyone not just the few

The Spending Review is a bit like Christmas in reverse, wondering what we’re going to wake up tomorrow to find has been taken away. Unfortunately the cha...

Coalition government unveils health policies

The coalition government has published its plans for the NHS, merging the policy commitments of the two parties. The document, called The coalition: our ...

What has been the impact of the market in the NHS?

A new study, by think tank Civitas, has questioned the achievements of NHS reforms in introducing competition and driving performance. NHS ‘internal’ ...

“Funds to stimulate competition being wasted”

NHS reforms are failing to deliver widespread benefits, research reveals. A study by think tank Civitas suggests that efforts to establish market forces w...

The Conservatives’ health manifesto: at-a-glance

The New Year has brought the opening salvos of the general election campaign, which is expected to be held in May. This week, the Conservatives publish...

Tories to give “the NHS back to the people”

Conservative leader David Cameron has said the NHS will be his “number one priority”, as the main parties step up their pre-election campaigning. Unve...

Minister admits few patients will exercise choice

The majority of patients will ignore the government's choice agenda and stay with the practice they are currently registered with, according to health mini...