Local Hospital Most Important to Patients
The national survey of patients into patient choice of hospital has been released. Unsurprisingly 57% of people (79,000) think that the location is an important issue.
22% were concerned about the waiting times, 18% about the hospital's "reputation", 17% about the quality of care, 15% about cleanliness, 8% about quality of staff and 6% about car parking.
The reputation of the consultation for a specialism was less important than car parking. There were a number of other minor issues as well.
In Eastern Birmingham 26% of patients remembered being offered a choice.
This figure was 18% for Heart of Birmingham, 37% for North Birmingham and 19% for South Birmingham.
Everyone was supposed to have been offered a choice from Jan 2006.