The Department of Health is sticking with its target of 90% of hospital referrals to be made through the electronic Choose and Book system, despite the NHS falling well below the target.
The 90% target was set for 2006/7, but statistics seen by the EHI Primary Care website are said to show that the take up figure is only around 40%.
The highest numbers of hospital appointment bookings have been made by GPs in the North West and West Midlands cluster areas.
NHS Connecting for Health officials say around 16,000 Choose and Book appointments are being made every day.
But there is still widespread opposition to the Choose and Book system among GPs, with many preferring to use older more established systems to book hospital appointments.
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