Patients will have more choice and a louder voice under major proposals set out today by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
The White Paper, 'Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS', sets out the Government's ambition to give people more control over their own care, from choice of GP to which consultant-led team they are treated by. Today, two consultations – on Patient Choice and on Information – set out proposals to meet that ambition.
Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley said: "The first principle of the White Paper is that the NHS should ensure that for patients, 'no decision about me, without me' is the invariable practice.
"To realise this means patients must have more say and more choice. Today, I am publishing two documents, on an information strategy for the NHS and on extending patient choice, which will make this a reality."
Director General for Informatics Christine Connelly said: "We live today in an information-rich environment. The information we have changes our perspective and influences the decisions we make each and every day.
"The time has come to apply these principles to the delivery of health and care services. Building from a base of accurate care records, the Information Revolution will deliver more informed patients, more engaged professionals, more efficient organisations and, ultimately, improved outcomes."