England introduces star system for hospital trusts

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:709
  1. Carol Harris
  1. London

    New performance indicators giving star ratings to NHS hospital trusts in England mark the end of “the culture of excuse and inevitability,” health secretary Alan Milburn said this week.

    The system rates 173 non- specialist hospitals in England according to performance on a wide range of indicators, including waiting times from GP referral to first outpatient appointments; vacancies in medical staffing; and the percentage of patients waiting on trolleys for more than four hours.

    Thirty five hospital trusts have been awarded three stars, 103 received two stars, 23 were given one star, and …

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