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Commission plans to adopt “a lighter touch”

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:997
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The Healthcare Commission, the independent regulatory body charged with monitoring the quality of health services in the United Kingdom, is to set out proposals for its new assessment criteria at the end of next month. The new criteria are expected to replace or modify the present star ratings system, under which hospitals are awarded stars according to quality.

    The proposals, which will be put out for wide consultation, will reflect the framework for NHS standards issued by the government in July this year in a bid to boost quality and simplify the plethora of existing performance indicators.

    But …

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