A central plank of the NHS reforms implemented by the UK Labour government of the 2000s was the introduction of patient choice. For the first time in the history of the NHS it was mandated that patients should have a say in the choice of hospital when being referred for an elective treatment.
Free to Choose? Reform and Demand Response in the English National Health Service
Marty Gaynor, Carol Propper, Stephan Seiler, 9 December 2012
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