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NHS website aims to boost choice

A new website is being launched in an attempt to strengthen patient choice. The £3.6m  NHS Choices website will include  information  on issues as varied as waiting times, hospital ratings and  general cleanliness.  It is aimed at  helping patients choose where  they want to be treated when they need non-emergency surgery.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said, “We know patients and the public are thirsty about getting information on health. One of the problems with the internet is that some of the information about health is top quality and some of it is rubbish. What NHS Choices will do is give the public access to the best information about health.”