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Practices who fail to offer choice to face crackdown from CCGs following Monitor ruling...

25 September 2014, Pulse

Dr Nigel Watson, chief executive of Wessex LMC and former chair of the GPC commissioning subcommittee, told Pulse that choice was not a priority for GPs.

He said: ‘GPs are, as individuals, required to do the best for their patients. My experience is that patients don’t necessarily want choice, they want to go to where best fits their needs. That’s part of the GP’s job as the patient’s advocate, but I think the vast majority of GPs, where applicable, will offer choice.

‘We just need to move away from pointless tick box exercises and I think all patients know there’s choice. For GPs, if you live in the middle of Southampton and there’s one hospital, then it’s likely you’ll be referred to that one hospital. Where I work I’ve got the choice of three, so I’ll ask “which one of these three do you want to go to”? But I think it’s a battle and an issue that’s a non-issue really, but it blows up where someone complains.’

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