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Patients have given their backing to the Government's controversial Choose and Book and National Care Record initiatives.

Seven patients in 10 said they wanted their GP to give them a choice of five hospitals if they needed to be referred.

But despite wanting the choice, more people would prefer to go to a local hospital (40 per cent) rather than

one with the best treatment (25 per cent) or one with

the shortest waiting list (18 per cent), Pulse's survey

reveals.

A further 8 per cent said they would prefer to go to a hospital they knew well.

GPs said this finding show-ed patients would gain nothing from Choose and Book.

Dr Keith Young, chair of North Lincolnshire LMC, said: 'Patients seem to me to be more interested in the car parks and the quality of the food than the length of the waiting list or the surgeon's performance.

'If you've got a gammy leg and you've got miles to walk from your car or public transport it's not a mundane issue.'

Dr Young added: 'My patients have always had a choice of hospitals because of the geography.

'In an isolated area it might be a bigger issue.'

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