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NHS hospitals are dirty and poorly managed, claims think tank

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7427.1308-e (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1308
  1. Amanda Elliot
  1. London

    NHS hospitals are dirty, poorly managed, and consistently fail to tackle underperformance by staff, a new report from a prominent policy think tank says.

    The report, from the right wing Centre for Policy Studies, found operating theatres left splashed with blood between operations and ward nurses ignoring basic infection control.

    It paints a desperate picture of senior hospital executives forced to divert effort and resources from patient care to trying to meet the “excessive demands of reporting to Whitehall.”

    The author, Harriet Sergeant, based her report on in-depth interviews with executives, managers, consultants, nurses, …

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