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Choose and Book would have worked better and been less controversial if it had been implemented in two separate parts, Professor Mike Pringle believes.

Professor Pringle, one of two GP leads for Connecting for Health, said electronic booking should have been introduced before choice of hospitals as this had not 'got to a level' patients found useful. 'I think Choose and Book is going to work fine but it would have been preferable if the two bits had been developed in parallel rather than one programme.

'If you compare it with GP-to-GP [transfer of patient records] or the electronic transmission of prescriptions it's much more ambitious.'

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