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Commission Launches Era of 'Light Touch' Service Reviews

Magazine article Public Finance

Commission Launches Era of 'Light Touch' Service Reviews

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The Healthcare Commission began its new era of 'light touch' assessment this week, launching major reviews of services for children, substance abusers and smokers.

The improvement reviews replace the week-long clinical governance assessments carried out on all trusts in England once every three years. Instead, the commission will mostly use information that is already collected routinely.

The reviews will assess the efficacy of primary care trusts' smoking cessation services and local drug action teams. Hospitals will also be asked whether they tailor services to children and have appropriately qualified staff.

The commission will use the results as part of its annual health check performance rating. Only poorly performing trusts will receive a visit from commission inspectors, who will devise action plans. …

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