More than half of NHS trusts need to perform better, says report

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:849
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    The Healthcare Commission, the independent NHS watchdog, has delivered its annual “health check,” which shows an increase in the number of trusts in England providing good or excellent services. However, the performance of more than half of NHS trusts is still either fair or weak.

    As this is the second year of the health check, the report provides the first opportunity to compare NHS performance with the results for 2005-6. All 394 trusts are scored in two main categories: quality of services and financial management. The commission was “concerned” that 20 trusts (5% of the total) were ranked weak in both categories.

    On quality of services (such as meeting waiting list targets) 16% of trusts were judged excellent and 30% good, an improvement on the previous year. At the lower end …

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