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.