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DoH Patient Choice results published

2nd December 2008

The Department of Health (DoH) has today released statistics from the National Patient Choice Survey.

Findings in the July study found 46 per cent of patients being offered a choice of hospital for their first outpatient.

This was compared with 45 per cent in May and 30 per cent in May/June 2006.

Other results found 47 per cent of patients were aware before they visited their GP that they had a choice of hospitals for their first appointment, an increase from 45 per cent in May.

The report also found 74 per cent of respondents considered cleanliness and low infection rates as the most important factor for their choice of location.

Provisional findings for a September 2008 study were also published, noting 68 per cent of patients were able to go to the hospital they wanted.

In other news, work is well underway to catch more cancer cases earlier and improve the longer-term treatment for survivors of the disease, according to Professor Mike Richards.

The National Cancer director’s comments follow an annual report, named Maintaining Momentum, Building for the Future.

Mr Richards said: “Recent cancer mortality figures for under-75s show that nearly 9,000 lives will have been saved in 2007 compared with 1996.”

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