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Wythenshawe patients to pick their consultant

The University of South Manchester Hospital to give patients more choice Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Patients at a hospital in Manchester will be the first in the country to be choose their consultant based on performace tables.

Wythenshawe Hospital will allow them to see how each doctor is ranked against national standards.

The University Hospital of South Manchester Trust will begin with its cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons with details of how they did and what their patients said before extending to all its 250 consultants across all specialties by the end of the year.

Up-to-the-minute details will be posted on the trust's website so patients can make informed choices about who they want to treat and care for them, said the trust.

UHSM joined forces with researchers Picker Institute Europe to devise the system.

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