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Health minister rebuts accusation over NHS star ratings

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:128
  1. Claire Laurent
  1. Banbury

    The row over late changes to the 2002 star ratings of “high profile” NHS trusts gathered momentum last week as health minister John Reid faced down allegations in the House of Commons.

    Tim Yeo, shadow health and education secretary, called for an inquiry into the allegations that the former health secretary, Alan Milburn, had authorised last minute changes to the 2002 star ratings for several trusts.

    But Mr Reid said the NHS chief executive, Nigel Crisp, had written to Liam Fox, the Conservative party chairman, saying he was “satisfied that no changes were made to the methodology …

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