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Government choice drive still struggling

The Government's drive to increase choice for patients is continuing to struggle, according to the latest figures showed the number of patients being offered a choice of hospital is faltering.

The Department of Health's national patient choice survey found that in July, 46% of patients recalled being offered a choice of hospital for their first outpatient appointment, up only 1% from May and down 2% from the figure in March.

The figures appear to be stalling, after rising rapidly between May 2006 and March this year.

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