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Website to rate care

24th January 2007

11042006_laptop.jpgA new NHS website is to be set up providing patients with more choice over where they go for treatment.

Patients will be able to post reviews of their experiences of healthcare services, including hospitals and GPs and access a range of information on performance.

The new website, due to go online this summer, will bring together a host of information to help patients choose the hospital that would suit them best. The site will include results of patient surveys and other data measuring quality. It is also expected to be a useful tool for clinicians and managers.

Patients will be able to assess their health risks and chat to patients with similar problems and find out about primary care services, such as GPs and dentists.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said patients should be given as much detail as possible about what hospitals can offer. Increasing patient choice would also encourage hospitals to improve their care.

In the drive to extend patient choice, the health secretary Patricia Hewitt also announced that from July, patients wanting elective surgery, such as hip replacements will be able to choose from 200 hospitals. Patients needing elective treatment can already choose from four local hospitals, 34 foundation trusts and 15 independent sector providers. By the end of 2008, this will be extended to allow patients to choose from any hospital which meets NHS standards and approved cost.

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