Patient centred healthcare: The right to choose?

Health experts don’t agree on the medicine in this timely debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas. All of the three main parties agree that healthcare should be more personalised, that the experience of patients should take precedence over ‘one size fits all’ provision. Increasing information available to patients about the quality of service may seem unobjectionable, but some do question just what it means to ‘empower’ patients. Just who is it that should be driving priorities in health care delivery: patients, doctors, GP consortia or government policy?