Hospital accreditation is importantBMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.674/a (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:674
- Richard Rawlins (RichardR@wlins.demon.co.uk), chairman, Health Quality Service advisory council
- Bedford General Hospital, Bedford MK42 9DJ
EDITOR—Essex believes that awards such as the Charter Mark and the King's Fund organisational audit are merely “administrative baubles” and a waste of time.1 I cannot speak for the Charter Mark award but must point out that the King's Fund organisational audit was reconfigured as the Health Quality Service in 1999; I am chairman of its advisory council.
The Health Quality Service is just that: a service for those who seek to use modern methods to improve the quality …