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Introduction of Free Choice policy

  • Document type:
    Dear colleague letter
  • Author:
    Department of Health
  • Published date:
    20 March 2008
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From April 2008 the full roll out of Free Choice policy means that the majority of patients being referred to secondary care will be able to choose where they wish to be treated.

The attached letters from Bob Ricketts to:

  • Chief Executives of NHS Elective Care providers;
  • Chief Executives of Primary Care Trusts; and
  • All GPs

make reference to the guidance and support as outlined in 'The Week'  (20 March 2008) clarifying the implications of the roll out and highlight the public awareness campaign that will run in local newspapers and radio stations to inform the public about their rights to choose.

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