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Pilots raise false hopes, says GP

Pilot schemes giving patients a choice of where they have treatment give a false impression of what's available in the NHS, according to Dr Tim Scott.

Dr Scott's comments came after his practice in Tibshelf, Derbyshire, was involved in a trial giving patients with cataracts a choice between waiting a year to go to hospital or a week for a dedicated ophthalmology service.

'If the choice is to wait a week or a year patients are clearly going to be happier, but that's a benefit of extra capacity, it's not patient choice in itself.'

'We don't know whether the service is better,' he said.

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