New NHS patient choice scheme offers 5 options, but nursing shortages persist

“Patients deserve choice, but wherever they go they will find vacant nursing posts and overstretched services,” responded Professor Pat Cullen, RCN
General Secretary and Chief Executive, to the introduction of the new pilot scheme for out-of-hospital patient care.

The NHSE and the DHSC have announced a new pilot scheme commencing in autumn “offering patients a choice of where they receive out-of-hospital care”.

Under the initiative, individuals requiring treatment outside of hospitals will have the opportunity to select from a range of providers across both the NHS
and the independent sector.

Patients can select their care provider for in-hospital consultant-led services post-GP consultation, offering a choice from at least 5 providers with details
on waiting times, distance, and quality.