NHS plan ‘ends public right to choose hospital’

22 February 2019 – Times

Patients’ right to choose where they are treated is being threatened by controversial plans to scrap competition in the NHS.

Mr Hancock is understood to be ruling out any changes that would prevent patients selecting the NHS hospital or private provider where they are sent for treatment. But he has been told that if he blocks new laws the NHS could blame the Government for the failure of a £20 billion reform plan that was expected.

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