News in brief: Choose and Book referrals near 1.5million

Almost 1.5 million referrals have been made through Choose and Book, the DoH said last week. Health minister Lord Warner said that 85 per cent of GP practices now used the system. ‘A million bookings since introduction in 2004 is a real milestone,’ he said. However, the DoH target is for 90 per cent of referrals to be made through the system by March 2007. GPs make more than 9 million referrals each year. The system was introduced to England in 2004. 

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