Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Managers Urged to Be Honest about Quality of Hospital Services

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Managers Urged to Be Honest about Quality of Hospital Services

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Patient care will improve only if hospitals are honest about the quality of the services they provide, the NHS Confederation said this week.

The managers' body put a positive spin on trusts' admission of failings against 44 core standards set by the government.

Overall, only a third of the 569 acute, ambulance, mental health and primary care trusts in England told the Healthcare Commission they were meeting all the standards.

Ten trusts did not achieve 14 or more of the targets - the commission's threshold for failure under the self-assessment regime.

The standards are grouped into seven areas, including patient focus, safety, clinical and cost effectiveness.

The latter area included a declaration on the introduction of technology approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: 27 trusts admitted they had not done so, while a further 61 said they could not be sure. …

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