League tables criticised as misleading

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 02 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:9
  1. L Dillner

    The publication of the first league tables showing the performance of hospitals has been met with scepticism by the BMA and the Royal College of Nursing, both of which accuse the government of misleading the public. “The performance indicators do not relate to the question of clinical care in the hospital,” said Dr Sandy Macara, chairman of the BMA's council. “They are purely administrative indicators, and what worries me is that there will be an assumption that they indicate quality.”

    The indicators used in the “comparative performance guide” are based on the patient's charter …

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